Signs of the Times

[From the American Lutheran, New York, New York]

These are days that should make men humble. So many proud plans and dreams have been shattered. So many high-sounding theories and philosophies have proved futile. Man's boasted culture and advancement have not led to greater contentment and happiness, but to confusion and disappointment. The fleeting and uncertain value of temporal things is being impressed upon us. God would have us give attention to the lasting values of true religion. We need God. We need the assurance of His abiding love and care. ... We need the hope of a better and more stable life beyond this sorry confusion of our temporal existence. We need the unshaken verities of God's revelation to man. ...

The church's call to men is urgent and insistent. ... It is the one steadying, constructive influence. .... Man has tried to order his life without God and has made a sorry mess of it. His materialistic spirit deprecated all spiritual values and considered relifion outmoded. The results of his willful course have brought disaster and confusion. Man needs for the arrangement of his life the eternal verities of the Word of God.

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November 18, 1933

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