Upholding the Hands of Church Officers

The need of supporting church officers is as insistent to-day as it has been through the history of the Christian church. The one evil, the impersonal error which vainly seeks to destroy good, would attack Christian Science by attacking the stewards of the church. Impersonal evil, referred to in the thirteenth chapter of Revelation as the beast to whom it was given to "make war with the saints," would discourage and disturb church members by causing them to discredit those elected to stand for and carry on the work of their church.

The story of the defeat of the Amalekites, told in the seventeenth chapter of Exodus, is of particular significance to-day: "And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. ... And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword."

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