Signs of the Times

[The Chicago (Ill.) Post]

The Chicago Church Federation, through its commission on the church and industry, has issued a call to the preachers of the city urging them to observe Labor Day by discussing from their pulpits on the preceding Sunday the critical industrial situation now confronting America. The federation's suggestion should be heeded. If the church has no message for such days as these, then it may as well close its doors. Never was there greater need for honest and courageous preaching than now—honest in an intelligent facing of the problems of the time, courageous in the application of the teaching of Jesus to their solution.

The church stands on common ground. It holds, by virtue of its faith, a mediating position between classes. If it is true to its great Leader, it has one gospel for rich and poor, for employer and employee, for those who own the tools and those who work with them. If it understands the message committed to it, then it knows that its supreme task is to awaken the spiritual consciousness, the sense of divine kinship in the individual, and to work for a social order in which spiritual values will be supreme.

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October 25, 1919

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