Signs of the Times

[Canon Rowed, as quoted in the Argus, Melbourne, Australia]

Our life cannot be divided into compartments—one part given to the service of God, and the rest to our own whims and inclinations. There can be no distinction between our religious life and our daily life. The Christian life must dominate and animate the whole. Our handicraft, our business, our profession must be part of our service to God, and, as service to God, it will be service to the community. The Christian must be the agent of Christ in everything he undertakes. Our daily tasks must be part of our life of service to God. ... The manufacture of our goods, the distribution of our wares, the contribution of our labors and our time, the use of brains and hand, must be regarded as service to God and not for our own selfish ends. The clamant need of today is for the Christian to bring his holy religion, with its teaching of honor, justice, fair dealing, and unselfishness, to bear on his business and daily life. We need to learn to put more trust in each other; and the Christian should stand out in the community as the person who can be trusted and respected.

July 9, 1932

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