One definition of temperance is total abstinence from the use of intoxicants. In his epistle to the Galatians, Paul names temperance as one of the fruits of the Spirit. It may be inferred from the context that he meant us to accept this usage of the word, for he had previously referred to the works of the flesh made manifest in various errors, including drunkenness. That this deeply religious, highly intelligent apostle held temperance worthy to be named in conjunction with other spiritual qualities, such as "love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness," is ample authority for an individual or a nation to hold it in high esteem—to cherish temperance as a most valued possession.

In adopting the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the nation accepted this meaning of the word "temperance," and rendered a decision that it traffic no more in intoxicating liquors—that it touch no more this "unclean thing." This forward step also implies that the nation shall not encourage or participate in such traffic among its neighbors. Moreover, allegiance to the Constitution lays it under solemn obligation, as a democracy and also as individual citizens, to uphold this Amendment.

Unreality of Sin
May 10, 1930

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