Signs of the Times

[Dr. Roy L. Smith, as quoted in the Los Angeles Times, California]

The cure for the world's depression is not an increase of wealth but a change of heart. When we cease exploiting the less fortunate races of the world; ... when we seek the welfare of all men instead of the enrichment of a few; when we place the stamp of greatness on those who have created, not on those who have manipulated; when we begin to seek the satisfactions of life in spiritual attitudes rather than in material possessions, then we will begin to see the depression relieved. In the change of the world's spirit Jesus Christ is the leader and the world's one hope. For the task of bringing in a new attitude among the peoples of the world, Jesus is the hope of the world, for he is the great internationalist.

The hope of the world's peace rests with the establishment of a common spiritual ideal throughout the world, and Jesus of Nazareth offers the one spiritual idealism that can be universally accepted. The promotion of Christian ideals is, therefore, the best form of peace insurance the world knows. It means an alliance of the spirits of all men, rather than an organization of their armaments.

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August 19, 1933

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