Signs of the Times

Topic: Christianization of Human Effort

[Dr. H. L. Herberts, as quoted in the Times, Los Angeles, California]

"No sociologist can prove to me that permanent unemployment and permanent relief are necessary," is the challenge voiced by Dr. H. L. Herberts at Immanuel Congregational Church. "Once greed, selfishness, and unbrotherliness are destroyed, unemployment and relief will disappear. Jesus did not preach contentment in poverty. He taught the abundant life. He apotheosized humbleness of spirit, but he never pronounced poverty a virtue. He announced a higher order of life, founded on love, good will, and brotherhood. He advocated the kingdom of God as the ultimate goal of life. The first concern of the kingdom of God is that poverty shall be abolished and that all may enjoy those good things which our Father has provided for His children. Followers of Christ [Jesus] must support his teachings and abandon those evils that have brought about our depression and poverty. It is for each of us to do our part to break down falseness, untruth, and unreality, to the end that the kingdom of the Spirit may be established."

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August 29, 1936

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