Signs of the Times

[Editorial in the Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada]

We read that Jesus went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. His gospel was the gospel of happiness, the gospel of beauty, the gospel of gladness. It was the gospel of the "many mansions," the gospel of unselfishness, the gospel of service, the gospel of love. He kept these things to the forefront in his ministry. He spoke of spiritual things, of lofty concepts. It was not so much of "the devil and all his works" that he concentrated on. He emphasized the loftiness and the beauty of right living. He dwelt on the uplifting part of religion.

Christ [Jesus] condemned sin, it is true, and chiefly the sin of hypocrisy. But he was not always harping on sin. He showed the better side of Christianity, that which is inspiring and encouraging. He brought God the Father far more into prominence than the devil. In doing this he caused men's minds to dwell on the joys of the religion he taught. It was the simple gospel. He relied on simplicity and the spirit of his teaching for drawing all men unto him. He extolled the beauty of religion. He combined it with the beauty of nature and the love of all things.

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October 5, 1929

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