Signs of the Times

[From Christian Work, New York, New York, Aug. 2, 1924]

There is still another way of viewing religion. It is the power of God manifested in life. It does not begin with definitions; ... it is not something one "gets." It comes and gets the person. He does not keep his religion, but his religion keeps him. It is a power, a force, just as real and just as persistent as that which we call gravitation; and its effects are just as sure. No definitions of electricity would ever light a man's house or move a trolley car. The first step is to let the current in, and the house becomes light or the car moves. Everything bases itself on the ultimate invisible power, which is simply received. This is as true of religion as it is of mechanics. There is no religion apart from God, and until a man comes to God and God gets him, the man is not truly religious. It consists first and last of possession,—God's possession of us, and our joy in the sense of His ownership. A religion without power would be like a gravitation which did not draw anything, or like electricity that had no force. Religion ... draws the soul away from everything else to its true Central Sun. The effect of it on a person is to beget love. Love is the unfailing sign of religion. A loveless religion is as impossible as a waterless ocean or a treeless forest. If a man's religion does not flood him with love, it is the wrong kind of religion.

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November 29, 1924

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