Signs of the Times

[Rev. T. F. Opic, D. D., in the Living Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin]

The world is not to be won by science, theology, or wealth, but by simple goodness wooing and warming the hearts of men and drawing all into one great brotherhood. The power of goodness is beyond calculation. Goodness is more potent than is evil. Goodness wins its way quietly like the rays of the sun, through a world of selfishness and sordidness.

It is said that the word "good" is synonymous with the word "God" in at least thirty languages. In the old Anglo-Saxon tongue the word was "God." This is a significant analogy. God, then, would seem to be the deification of goodness. Goodness embraces love. Love which has not the element and nature of goodness cannot really be love at all, but something base, sensual, banal. And goodness without love is also impossible. Goodness embraces justice, also. Goodness that is not just is not goodness at all, but something much weaker, something blind and inert. And justice that is devoid of goodness is indeed cold, calculated, and inflexible.

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May 11, 1935

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