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[Canon J. H. B. Masterman in The Church Family Newspaper]

Every age has its own golden image,—the popular idol of the moment,—and it is easy to persuade ourselves that we shall lose influence by dissociating ourselves from other men. The temptation to compromise is so strong that few of us are able to resist. Yet the secret of the failure of the church (in so far as it has failed) is really the unwillingness of Christian men to refuse to conform to the standards of the world. The Chaldeans were watching to see whether the three men would be true to their religion. They hated them because they were faithful, but they would have merely despised them if they had joined in the worship of the multitude. Better incur the hatred of men than betray the cause of God. The fact that these men held high office in the kingdom made it all the more important that they should show themselves faithful. They had much to lose; it was only more vital that they should make no compromise.

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January 27, 1917

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