Shakespeare may repeat one of his famous lines were he to contemplate the malaise of the spirit in American daily life and rampant crime in our fair land. Many modern Christians as well as churches would agree; “Much ado about nothing.”
I came across this from a clergyman of an earlier time that is above just interesting:
“The church itself has got to go outside of its own borders and carry the gospel to every creature, or it is no church of Christ; and any mutual improvement club which thinks that by reading its Shakespeare, or by acting its pretty tableaux, or by having. this or that little reading from Spenser and from Chaucer, it is going to lift itself up into any higher order of culture or life, is wholly mistaken, unless as an essential part of its duty, it goes out into the world, finds those that are falling down, and lifts them up to the majesty of freemen, who are sons of God.” Edward Everette Hale.
As I read and then re-read the piece, echoes of Christ’s paring words in Matthew’s gospel bounced around my near empty noggin:
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (NKJV).
Most Evangelicals as well as Fundamentalists agree on the thrust of Hale’s words. Edward Everette Hale was probably the most famous liberal preacher of his time. He served for a time as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. His fame as a writer still rings loud due to his most interesting book, “The Man Without a Country.” Therefore, his emphasis on outreach to the fallen and failing is a normal response to lukewarm groups. But when you factor in that he was a highly regarded Unitarian Universalist, you wonder, how is it that a Unitarian had more get up and go than do many moderns who while affirming biblical inerrancy have slipped off into the methods that were predominant in the Unitarian churches of Mr. Hale’s day?
The need of our hour is for those who profess Christ to adopt biblical principles and truly endeavor to rescue the perishing as we care for the dying.
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
Great IT Work. Oral Deckard