The preacher who delivered the sermon at the graduation...


The preacher who delivered the sermon at the graduation exercises in the Benton Harbor High School last Sunday, as reported in your issue of June 13, took occasion to criticize the teachings of Christian Science, and to apply some hard names to those who profess those teachings. It is strange that such sentiments were spoken in an American public school, in which distinctions of creed are not countenanced.

Why anyone should be denounced as "a fool or a rascal" who is sincerely endeavoring to overcome fear, whether it be fear of sin or sickness, disease or death, is, to say the least, not easy to understand. To encounter the danger and difficulties of the present economic situation without fear calls for courage of a high order, deserving to be commended and encouraged. It takes more than "sentimental froth" to sustain such courage, which to endure can be based only on faith in the triumph of good. To maintain this attitude toward seeming adversity is what Christian Scientists are striving to do; and Christian Science teaches them that it can be done. There is no better antidote for panic or depression than faith in God.

From the Field
May 13, 1933

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