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"What Would Jesus Do?"
By CHAELES M. SHELDON.
lOopyri'd nnd published In book form by
the Ac snoo Publishing Co. of Chicago.
The service was over, the great audi
ence had gone, and Henry Maxwell
(fgain faced the company gathered In
fte lecture room as on the two previous
Snndaya He had asked all to remain
who had made the pledge of disciple
hip and any others who wished to be
Included. The after service seemed now
fo be a necessity. As he went in and
foced the people thore his heart trem
bled. There were at least 200 present
The Holy Spirit was never so manifest
fie missed Jasper Chase, but all the
others were present. He asked Milton
Wright to pray. The very air was
charged with divine possibilities. What
eould resist such a baptism of power?
How had they lived oil these years
They counseled together, and there
were many prayers. Henry Maxwell
dated from that meeting some of the
erious events that afterward became a
part of the history of the First church
of Raymond. When finally they went
home, all of them were impressed with
the joy of the Spirit's power.
Donald Marsh, president of Lincoln
college, walked home with Henry Max
Well. "I have reached one consclusion,
Maxwell," said Marsh, speaking slow
ly. "I have found my cross, and it is a
heavy one, but I shall never be satisfied
ttBtil I take it up and carry it. " ,
Maxwell was silent, and the presi
dent went on :
"Your sermon today made clear to
ne what I have long been feeling I
ught to da What would Jesus do in
my place? I have asked the question
repeatedly since I made my promise. I
have tried to satisfy myself that he
Would simply go on, as I have done, at
tending to the duties of my college,
teaching the classes in ethics and phi
losophy. But I have not been abls to
void the feeling that he would do
omething more. That something is
what I do not want to do. It will cause
He genuine suffering to do it. I dread
It with all my souL You may be able
lo guess what it is. "
"Yes; I think I know," Henry Max
Well replied. "It is my cross too. I
would almost rather do anything else."
Donald Marsh looked surprised, then
relieved. Then he spoke sudly, but
with great conviction :
"Maxwell, you and I belong to a
class of professional men who have al
ways avoided the duties of citizenship.
We have lived in a little world of schol
Mly seclusion, doing work we have en
Joyed and shrinking from the disagree
ble duties that bolong to the life of
the citizen. I confess with shuine that
I havo purposely avoided the responsi
bility that I owe to this city personally.
I understand that our city officials are
corrupt, unprincipled set of men,
tontrolled in large part by tho whisky
ilemont, and thoroughly solfiah, so far
s the affairs of city government are
loncernod Yet all these years I, with
nearly every teacher in the college, have
been satisfied to lot othor men rnn the
municipality and have lived in a little
world of my own, out of touch and
sympathy with the real world of the
people. 'What would Jesus do?' I have
tried even to avoid an honest answer.
I can no longer do so. My plain duty is
to take a personal part in this coming
election, go to the primaries, throw the
weight of my influence, whatever it is,
toward the nomination and election of
good men and plunge into the very
depths of this entire horrible whirlpool
of deceit, bribery, political trickery and
tuloouism as it exists in Raymond to
day. I would sooner walk up to the
month of a cannon any time than do
this. 1 ilivml it becanso I hate the touch
of the whole matter.
"I would give almost any thing to be
able to say, '1 do not believe Jesus
would do anything of tho sort,' but I
am nioro niui more persuaded that he
would. This is where, the suffering
comes to mo. It would not hurt mo
half bo much to lose my position or my
homo, I loathe the contact with this
municipal problem. I would much pre
fer to remain quietly in my scholastic
life with my classes in ethics and phi
losophy, but tho call has rome o plain
ly that I cannot escape: 'Dona!.;; . h.
fellow mo. Do your duty as a citiv.i u of
Raymond at the point where your citi
wnsliip will cost you something. Help
to cleanse this great municipal stable,
even if you do have to soil jour nria
tocnitio toolings a little. ' Maxwell, this
is my cross. I must take it up or deny
"You have spoken for mo also." re
plied Maxwell, with a sad smile. "Why
should I, simply because I am a clergy
man, shelter myself behind my refined,
sensitive feelings and, like a coward,
refuse to touch, except in a sermon pos
sibly, the duty of citizenship? I am un
used to tho ways of tho political life of
the city. I have never taken an active
part in auy nomination of good men.
There are hundreds of ministers like
oie, As a class we do not practice in
the municipal life the duties and privi
leges we preach from the pulpit What
would Jesus do? I am now at a point
where, like yon. I am driven to answer j
the question one way. My duty is plain
i must suffer All my parish' work, all '
my little trials or self sacrifices, are as
nothing tome compared with the break- I
ing into my scholarly, intellectual, self
vouiaiueu nanus or tins open, coarse.
pnblio fight for a clean citv life I f
Sonld go and live at the Rectangle the I
rest of my days and work In the slums
for bare living, and I cor. 1.1 eujov it
more than the thought of plunging into
a fight for the reform of this whisky
ridden city. It would cost me less. But,
like you, I have been unable to shake
off my responsibility. The answer to
the question, 'What would Jesus do V
in this case leaves me no peace, except
when I say, 'Jesus would have me act
the part of a Christian citizen. ' Marsh,
as you say, we professional men, min
isters, professors, artists, literary men,
scholars, have almost invariably been
political cowards. We have avoided the
sacred duties of citizenship either
norantly, or selfishly. Certainly Jesus
in our age would not do that. We can
do no less than take up this cross and
follow him. "
These two men walked on in silence
for awhile. Finally President Marsh
"We do not need to act alone in this
matter. With all the men who have
made the promise, we certainly can
have companionship and strength even
of numbers. Let us organize the Chris
tian forces of Raymond for the battle
against rum and corruption. We cer
tainly ought to enter the primaries
with a force that will be able to do
more than utter a protest. It is a fact
that the saloon element is cowardly and
easily frightened, in spite of its law
lessness and corruption. .Let us plan a
campaign that will mean Something be
cause it , is organized righteousness.
Jesus would use great wisdom in this
matter. He would employ means. He
would make large plana Let us do so.
If we bear this cross, let us do it brave
ly, like men."
They talked over the matter a long
time and met again the next day in
Henry Maxwell's study to develop
plans. The city primaries were called
for Friday. Rumors of strange and un
heard of events to the average citizen
were current in political circles through
out Raymond. The Crawford system of
balloting for nominations was not in
use in the state, and the primary was
I called for a public meeting at the court
house. I The citizens of Raymond will never
j forget that meeting. It was so unlike
any political meeting ever held in Ray
mond before that there was no attempt
at comparison. The special officers to
be nominated were mayor, city council,
chief of police, city clerk and citv
The Evening News in its Saturday
edition gave a full account of the pri
maries, and in an editorial column Ed
ward Norman spoke with a directness
and conviction that the Christian peo
ple of Raymond were learning to re
ject deeply because so evidently sincere
and unselfish. A part of that editorial
U also a part of this history:
"It is safe to say that never before in
the history of Raymond was there a
primary like the one in the courthouse
last night It was, first of all, a com
plete surprise to the city politicians,,
who have been in the habit of carrying
on the affairs of the city as if they
owned them and every one else was
simply a tool or a cipher. The over
whelming surprise of the wire puller
last night consisted in the fact that a
large number of the citizens of Ray
mond who have heretofore taken no
part in the city's affairs entered the pri
mary and controlled it, nominating
some of the best men for all the offices
to be filled at the coming election.
"It was a tremendous lesson in good
citizenship. President Marsh of Lincoln
college, who never before entered a city
primary and whose face even was not
known to many of the ward politicians,
made one of the bHt speeches ever
heard in Raymond. It was almost lu
dicrous to see the faces of the men
who for years have clone as they pleased
when President Marsh rose to speak.
Many of them asked. 'Who is he?' The
consternation deepened as the primary
proceeded and it became evident that
the old time ring of city rulers was out
numbered. Henry Maxwell, pastor of
the First church : Milton Wright. Alex
Hidor Powers, Professors Brown, Wil
lard and Park of Lincoln college. Rev.
John West, Dr. George Maine of the
Pilgrim church, Dean Ward of the Hly
Trinity and scoreB of well known busi
ness and professional men, most of them
rhnrch members, were present, and it
did not take long to see that they had
lt come with the direct and definite
pnrpose of nominating the best men
possible Most of these men had never
been seen in a primary. They were
complete strangers to the politicians,
but they hud evidently profited by the
politician's methods and were able by
organized and united effort to nominate
the entire ticket.
"As soon as it became plain that the
primary was out of their control the
regular ring withdrew in disgust and
nominated another ticket. The News
limply calls the attention of nil decent
LUtucns to the fact that this ! t tic.o t
contains the names of wlii-i-y 1:: n. ami
the lino is distinctly aud suar ,! drawn
between tho machine and iwruyt ciiy
eoverninent. such as wo h ive ' o
for years, nnd a clean, honest, capable,
businesslike, city administration, such
as every good citizen ought to want
It is not necessary to remind the people
Df Raymond that the question of local
apt ion comes up at the election. That
will be the most important question
on the ticket. The crisis of our city
ift'airs has been reached. The issue
Is squarely before us. Shall we con
tinue the rule of mm and boodle and
uMirii- incompetency, or snail we,
is President Marsh said in his noble
sieoch, rise as good citizens aud be
jrin a new order of things, cleansing
our city of the worst enemy known to
municipal honesty and doing what lies
In our power to do with the ballotto
purify our civic life?
"The News is positively aud without
reservation on the side of the uew
movement We shall henceforth do all
In our power to drive out the saloon
ud destroy its political strength. We
hall advocate the election of men nom
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OREGON CITY COURIER-HERALD, FRIDAY, MAY 3, 1901
tiome to stand by President Marsh and
the rest of the citizens who have thus
begun a long needed reform in our
President Marsh read this editorial
md thanked God for Edward Norman,
ai the same time he understood well
mough that every other paper in Ray
mond was on the other side. He did not
misunderstand the importance and seri
ausness of the fight which was only just
begun. It was no secret that The News
dad lost enormously since it had been
governed by the standard of "What
frould Jesus do?" The questionnow
ma, "Would the Christian people of
Raymond stand by it?" Would they
make it possible for Norman to conduct
i daily Christian paper, or would their
lesire for what, is called "news," in
she way of crime, scandal, political
partisanship of the regular sort and a
Jislike to champion so remarkable a re
form in journalism, influence them to
Irop the paper and refuse to give it
their financial support? That was, in
tact, the question Edward Norman was
isking even while he wrote the Satur
lay editorial. He knew well enough
that his action expressed in that edi
torial Would cost him very dearly from
the hands of many business men of
Raymond, and still as he drove his pen
over the paper he asked another ques
tion, "What would Jesus do?" That
question had become a part of his life
flow. It was greater than anv other.
But for the first time in its history
Raymond had seen the professional
men, the teachers, the college profes
sors, the doctors, the ministers, take
political action and put themselves
iefinitely and sharply in antagonism to
wie evii torces mat naa so long con
trolled the machine of the municipal
government The fact itself was aston
ishing. President Marsh acknowledged
to himself, with a feeling of humilia
tion, that never before had he known
what civic righteousness could accom
plish. From that Friday night's work
he dated for himself and his college a
new definition of the worn phrase, "the
scholar in politics. " Education for him
and those who were nnder his influence
ver after meant some element of suf
fering. Sacrifice must now enter into
the factor of development.
At the Kectangle that week the tide
of spiritual life rose high and as yet
showed no signs of flowing back. Rachel
nd Virginia went every night Vir
ginia was rapidly reaching a conclusion
with respect to a large part of her
money. She had talked it over with
Rachel, and they had been able to
I (free that if Jesus had a vast amount
of money at his disposal he mieht do
with some of it as Virginia planned
At any rate, they felt that whatever
Jesus might do. in such a case would
have as large an element of variety in
it as the difference in persons and cir
cumstances. There could be no fixed
Christian way of using money. The
rule that regulated its use was unselfish
But meanwhile the glory of the
Spirit's power possessed all their best
thought. Night after night that week
witnessed miracles as great as walking
on the sea or feeding the multitude
with a few loaves and fishes, for what
greater miracle than a regenerated hu
manity? The transformation of these
coarse, brutal, sottish lives into pray
ing, rapturous lovers of Jesus struck
Rachel and Virginia every time with
the feelings that people may have had
when they saw Lazarus walk out of
the tomb. .It was an experience fuH of
profound excitement to them.
Rollin Page came to all the meetings.
There was no doubt of the change that
had come over him. He was wonderful
ly qnlet It seemed as if he were think
ing all the time. Certainly he was not
the same person. He talked more with
Gray than with any one -else. He did
not avoid Rachel, but he seemed to
shrink from any appearance of seeming
to wish to renew the old acquaintance
with her. Rachel found it even difficult
to express to him her pleasure at the
new life he had begun to know. He
seemed to be waiting to adjust himself
to his previous relations before this new
life began. He had not forgotten those
relations, but he was not yet able to
fit his consciousness into new ones.
The end of the week found the Rec
tangle struggling hard between two
mighty opposing forces. The Holy
Spirit was battling with all his super
natural etrength against the saloon
devil which had so loin held a jealous
grasp on its slaves. If the Christian '
people of Raymond once could realize !
what the contest meant to the souls
newly awakened to a new life, it did
not seem possible that tho election could
result in the old system of license. But
that remained yet to be seen. The hor
ror of the daily surroundings of many
of tlu converts was slowly burning its
way into the knowledge of Virginia
and Rachel, and every nirdit" as they
went up town to their luxurious homes
they carried heavier hearts.
"A good uiMiy of those poor creat
ures will go back npiiu." Gray would
say with a sadness too deep for tears.
"Tho environment does have a good
deal to do with the character. It does
not stand to reason that these people
cnu always resist the sight and smell of
the devilish drink all about them. O
Lord, how long shall Christian people
continue to support by their silence nnd
their ballots the greatest form of slav
ery now known iu America?"
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