Signs of the Times

[From Christian Work, New York, New York, May 24, 1924]

If we want brotherhood at the end of the campaign, we must conduct the campaign in a brotherly spirit. It is not through violence that love is going to be established. ... In Christianity we have the most effective help provided in this matter. There were early Christians who discovered Jesus, not only as a revelation of the character of God, but as a way of life for themselves. There were people in his day who saw the evil of the present world and really wanted to make a better one, but were proposing all sorts of wrong ways of doing so. Some of them thought that violent revolution would be a short cut to the goal. Jesus would have none of it. His way was communion with God for steadiness and strength of soul and loving service to men. If the kingdom will not come in that way, it will not come in any other. The moment you begin to use the instruments of the kingdom of evil for the establishment of the kingdom of good, you have corrupted the good, and you will never see the kingdom. The loving service of the sacrificial and trustful spirit is Jesus Christ's instrument for working out the redeeming purposes of God. ... The way of Jesus is simple. We do not mean easy; it is not easy to be unselfish, at least until we have been unselfish for a considerable time. But the way is simple; and no better way has ever been put before the world. It is by straying from it that men go wrong and harm one another. Straying from the ways of love is the thing that brings darkness upon men, and doubt about one another and about God.

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October 4, 1924

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