Signs of the Times

The Christian Century

Jim Phillips [©1968 Christian Century Foundation. Reprinted by permission from the April 24, 1968, issue of The Christian Century, Chicago.]

In Denver, Colo., a salesman lists six prospect calls on his daily report. He sees four. ... In Savannah, Ga., a clerk shoves a few ballpoint pens into his briefcase. The company's big, big enough; it won't miss the pens. ... In Des Plaines, III., an advertising executive takes a cab to a client's office. The fare is $1.55; he writes $2.25 on his expense account. ...

Any one of those men could tell you it's not easy being a Christian seven days a week—but they probably won't. They might, however, if they happen to be "salty Christians" actively engaged in an Episcopal movement begun in the diocese of Chicago and now spreading among thousands of laymen across the country. These laymen are attempting to put into action from Monday through Saturday the principles they profess to believe in on Sunday. ... They have acquired a new spirit, a new courage—the kind of spirit induced by self-discipline and self-analysis in the face of a cold, self-centered business world. While attempting to fight the temptations thrown at them during the nine-to-five hours, they are helping other men discover the importance of believing that Christ is out there in the office, the parking lot, the commuter train, the newsstand—as well as in the church.

February 8, 1969

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