Signs of the Times

[From the Church of Scotland Magazine, Edinburgh, Scotland]

If the world to-day is, as some believe, poor in spiritual gifts, if the spiritual revival which earnest men have been looking, praying, and laboring for does not come, still it might be well to remember that the Spirit of God is always at work in the world and in the hearts of men. Despite all the indifference that is rampant towards spiritual things, it might be well to remember that the world was never so rich as it is to-day in the practice of distinctively Christian virtues. The world is less cruel, less harsh, less hard than it once was. It is more kindly, more helpful, more sympathetic. Benevolence, charity, pity, and mercy were never so conspicuous, never so active, as they are now. People, even very ordinary people, are not so ready to fall into cruelty and unkindness in speech and in action as they once were. And if they do lapse into such, they are visited often with a sense of shame, even of self-contempt, which was not experienced by people in past days.

May 14, 1927

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