The Gathering of the People

In the early days the man who conquered himself and was called Israel, a soldier of God, declared, "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be."

In this day, and throughout the past few years, when people have been gathering in small groups, large groups, committees of all sizes, audiences and congregations, also mobs, one has been moved to consider the meaning of this coming together of the people. What do these gatherings portend? Are they an organized effort for destruction, or is it the beginning of a movement for a standardizing, equalizing endeavor expressing the desire for brotherhood among men? The recent victory of Principle over the destructive forces of evil in the war would indicate a movement toward harmonizing and unifying people in one common cause of righteousness against unrighteousness. The breaking of old chains of bondage and long continued, iron-clad laws of oppression, however, place many in the position of one in the streets of a strange city, not knowing whither to turn or whom to trust. Feeling ignorant and confused, they are the more easily swayed by human will and passion. The effort to organize and standardize human thought uncovers false, reactionary elements; yet order is manifest among mankind by organization when it signifies brotherhood and harmony.

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