Signs of the Times

[From the Hamilton Spectator,Ontario, Canada]

In a recent address to Girl Guides of New York, Bishop Manning uttered the following words that should be broadcast through every similar organization on the continent. "We Christian are not to be moral weaklings, blown about by every wind of thought and opinion. We are to guide the currents of thoughts and opinion by the teachings of Jesus Christ. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and courage, and moral strength. We are to love all that is good, and wholesome, and beautiful in life. We are to have our good times .... But we are to judge clearly between the true and the false, between that which is clean and pure and that which is vulgar and degrading. Never give your support to those who make money and seek popularity by sneering at moral ideals and standards. There are writers and teachers to-day trying to tell us that there is no longer any code of morals binding upon us, any clear standard of right and wrong, or any law of God to guide our lives. That false and atheistic teaching has many followers to-day, but it must be utterly condemned by all of us who care for the life of our country, and by all who believe in Christ and in God.

"The law of God does not change. Murder, theft, lying, and adultery are sins against God and against human life, no matter what our clever and immortal novelists, and playwrights, and professors of psychology may choose to say. All history shows us that the rejection of God's law brings to the individual or the nation degradation destruction, misery, and death. Against the false and immoral teachings that we are hearing to-day our Girl Scouts, and all our young people, are called to bear their witness for purity, for duty, and for God."

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March 3, 1928

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