Little Cities

In the 19th chapter of Genesis we read that Lot, when commanded by God to come out of Sodom, and to escape to the mountain, obeyed only in part and begged that he might tarry in a city not so far off, saying, "Is it not a little one?" Formerly when I read this passage I looked on it merely as an old legend of doubtful authenticity; but now, read by the light of our text-book, which is indeed a Key to the Scriptures, I see that it contains a valuable and much needed lesson.

When God, through Christian Science, calls us to come out of our dreary cities of the plain, the Sodoms and Gomorrahs of sin and sickness, and flee to the "city which is set on an hill," do we not halt on the road, content if we are freed from the grosser forms of sin and more serious physical discord? Should we not rather take warning from what befell Lot? He relapsed into shameful sin, from whence sprang the Moabites and Ammonites destined to be obstacles in the way of the people of God on their journey of the Promised Land.

Our Leader says, "We are not Christian Scientists until we leave all for Christ" (Science and Health, p. 192). Are we leaving all if we linger in the little cities of our own choosing? Let us beware lest from them also spring hosts which will molest not only ourselves but others on the road to our Promised Land. This brings to mind the words of our hymn,—

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