Signs of the Times

"Sentinel" in a column in the Observer
Portland, Victoria, Australia

The Christian concept of the kingdom of God includes all and excludes none, and the ethics of Christ serve this common end, and thus all aspects of political life should acknowledge and serve the common good. This must mean a wrestling with all the curse which is wrapped up in selfishness.

Carlyle in one of his essays faced this very same point in the social life of his own day and stressed the need for a vital spiritual element in the decisions of all governments. He said. "It seems to me a great truth, that human things cannot stand on selfishness, mechanical utilities, economics, and law courts; that if there be not a religious element in the relations of men, such relations are miserable, and doomed to ruin."

April 14, 1951

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