This is the truth that we must seize—that we are answerable for the judgments which our conscience gives. We cannot indeed help what it pronounces; for its pronouncements are the inevitable outcome of our moral and spiritual conditions at the moment; but we are judged by that which we so pronounce, just because we are responsible for being in that particular moral and spiritual condition. If we are blind, we cannot help giving wrong judgments and heading for the ditch. But why are we blind? That is what we have to answer for. Do we ask ourselves this question with real quivering anxiety? Do we go back upon our sturdy Anglo-Saxon assurance in our own honesty of purpose, and tremblingly search into that purpose itself to see whether it is adequate and enlightened and true to the Divine reality? A purpose may be so honest and yet be so fatuous, so stupid, so blinded, so obstinate, so selfish, so cruel, so fatal, so false. And so it comes about that we walk on blindly into the ditch, perfectly satisfied with the absolute sincerity with which we go wrong.

Rev. H. Scott Holland, D.D.The (London) Church Times.

September 29, 1906

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