"Onward, Christian soldiers"!

Without doubt, one of the most amazing orders ever given to a body of men and women, from the human point of view, was that which fell from the lips of Moses when the Israelites found themselves at the Red Sea, hotly pursued by the hosts of Pharaoh. Escape on all sides was apparently cut off: forward they certainly could not go, backward they could not turn; and yet Moses, at the bidding of divine intelligence, commanded them to "go forward"! Was there ever a command seemingly so impossible to obey? One can almost hear the derisive laughter of the harassed company as they surveyed their desperate situation and then contemplated the sure destruction that would follow if Moses' order were obeyed. Was ever a leader so devoid of common sense? some may have shouted; and others may have asked, Why follow such a leader? Possibly some may have promptly withdrawn from the company, announcing that they could progress better if not encumbered by the "organization." Indeed, they may have felt quite sure that they had "outgrown organization," only to find, when separated from the host of Israel and left to the devices of their own feeble human wills, that they had wandered straight back into the camp of the Egyptians. But what of those who obediently followed their great leader? Before their very eyes was the seemingly insurmountable barrier removed; and through the sea, on dry land, triumphantly marched Israel.

Earth's actors change, but the great drama of human existence is apparently ever the same. To-day, as in Moses' time, one finds mankind sighing beneath the lash of its taskmasters. The modern Israelite is not commanded to make bricks without straw, but is confronted with the equally difficult task of bringing out health, harmony, and satisfaction with the working tools and materials of human theories, material health laws, and purely material concepts of man and the universe. And what is the result? the kingdom of heaven, harmony, ushered into the hearts and experiences of men and nations? Mankind knows full well the sorrowful answer. Material sense, earth's relentless taskmaster, in its ignorance of Spirit still causes mortals "to serve with rigour," and to-day, as of yore, still makes "their lives bitter with hard bondage."

April 28, 1928

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