Signs of the Times

[From a letter by James H. Weager, in the Christian World, London, England]

It appears to me that the Sunday problem can never be solved until it is rescued from the arena of sacred and secular. Is there such a thing as sacred and secular? I think the most sacred thing on earth is life itself; and if the Christ-spirit does not permeate the life from Monday to Saturday, the strictest observance of Sunday avails nothing. ... What is a bad action on Sunday is a bad action on Monday. "The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath," is often claimed as a mandate for spending the hours in any way one's inclinations dictate. If, however, the Sabbath was made for man, it was made for a purpose, and we are not wrong in divining that the purpose was to afford an opportunity away from the distraction of the week, to concentrate our mind upon things of greater import; to seek a clearer and deeper insight into spiritual values, by helpful reading, helpful conversation, and collective and individual worship. ... Sunday is not an obligation, but a privilege, the rejection of which leaves us the sufferers.

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April 2, 1927

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