Reverence and Brotherhood

In his eloquent discourse at Athens Paul said that God had "made of one blood all nations of men." From this basis he argued for the brotherhood of all men, and one fatherhood, spiritual and perfect, implying of necessity a spiritual offspring, unrecognized by the physical senses. In passing along the streets of a modern city we see representatives of many nations, differing from one another not only in appearance, manner, and speech, but also in mental and moral characteristics. In thinking upon this recently the query arose, What are we doing in modern times to establish the brotherhood which is such a vital thing in spite of all mortal blindness to it? It goes without saying that a true Christian Scientist would at once reach out in thought for the man of God's creating, the only real brother, and though no word might be spoken, the one thus recognized would feel a touch of that true nature which makes all men kin, and also "kind," as some one has added.

This line of thought presented itself as several representatives of different races passed the writer on the street, and with it came as a sort of challenge the query, How are we as a people accustomed to think and speak of them? It was recalled, and with a deep sense of regret, that many foreigners are designated by opprobrious nicknames which would be bitterly resented if addressed direct to the individual. It was also seen that this is no merely superficial distinction, but indicates an utter disregard of the command, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself," and with the parable of the good Samaritan there can be no quibble as to the meaning of "neighbor." It was further seen that there can be no love without reverence, and this granted, it must be apparent that our love for our fellow men should broaden and deepen until it reaches the poet's ideal of the one

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