Signs of the Times

[From a sermon by Rev. W. Russell Bowie, D. D., in the Christian Herald, New York, New York]

We are told that youth is in revolt now in our own day. That revolt may be a noble fact. It is noble if the spirit of youth can be clear-eyed to see and clean-hearted to choose the truth which is higher and holier than some of the inherited ideas of the older generation, and also is higher and holier than its own unfettered and undisciplined instincts. Let youth try to discover what is the kingdom of the spirit which God intends it to inherit. Let youth, considering history and weighing the actual facts of life, learn what are the things which always have been and by their quality always must be true and honorable and of good report. Then the spirit of the rising generation will not fling itself into a mere selfish and reckless collision with the old. It will ask how it can take its place in that long progress of human life in which no new day can afford to throw away the gains of yesterday. It will revalue the ideas of its fathers, but it will also purify its own by those principles which the long religious experience of the best among our human race has proved to be the power by which men are lifted to that kind of living which befits the sons of God. It is not by the spirit of youth, self-centered and self-sufficient, but by a spirit of youth which reaches up to God for light and leading, that the new possibilities of our time and of every time must be fulfilled.

[An editorial in The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Massachusetts]

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November 17, 1928

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