Christian herald. (Portland ;) 1882-18??, October 05, 1883, Page 9, Image 9

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Frequently the woman mission­
ary would like uo ride, but she feels
that she cannot afford such a luxu­
ry. Do you ask why do they need
to ride, seeing the field is not so very
stop to think
how many hours they have gorfe
from street to street, and up one
flight of stairs after another ? It is
by no means unusual, when looking
for a family to receive the direc-
Idon*^ rig^
again, a missionary naturally feels.
like contributing to the Lord’s
work. But how can she otherwise
ev&f' noticed that your lnissiuiiary frmibt'd tener as i t is-a dep a rt u re
looks sadL-pale .and .worn! _ Callon from the rule.__________ __
her, Christian brother and sister.
There are not a few persons en­
Have a plain talk with her, and gaged in endeavors to induce men,
she will confess that she finds it especially members of the Church
very hard to make ends meet, and or members to be, to believe that
that this is wearing out premature­ we are not living under cast-iron
ly her energies and very life.
- regulations, when the fact is that
Do you answer “ We cannot do we are. Besides, heaven itself is
better; we are already giving and must be under cast-iron rules.
above our means,” Then we say, Badness is badness and goodness is
in all plainness, drop some of the goodness ; truth is truth and a lie
WU! k Jibuting It*, and
about which you know little or The spend thrift and the covetous
nothing, and give more considera­ alike prefer that their two and two
tion to your missionaries. With a should make five, or fifteen, or
W will accurn«-. twen ty fi vo.
plish tenfold more in building up and sometimes try to make them­
your church, in rescuing lost souls, selves believe that their two and
in advancing
Christ’s king
lorn, J and two bad acts should not make four
edf i oo, to be int e llig e ntly po s ted
on the leading subjects of the day.
But every purchase of a helpful
book or paper means a sacrifice of
proper food, or some article of prime
necessity. Her work is a weary­
ing and wearing one. Her energies
are sapped and fagged out; her
health is undermined.
I ns trail
of going to a good physician, she
says in her heart “ I cannot afford
it,” and goes to some quack, who
treats her gratis on condition of her
reccomending him to others. She
gets a vacation of a month. Go off
somewhere she must. She ought
to have some pleasant, restful
boarding place, but up comes- the
old objection “I cannot afford it.”
So she finds some poor person to take
her. Poor board ! Nothing nour­
ishing !
No companions !
amusements ! Nothing whatever
that is pleasant or will build her
up! With a deep drawn sigh, she
longs to be back in the city at her
work. Such a vacation does her
no good.
When sick or grown old, the mis­
sionary becomes simply an olyect
of charity. If too independent to
receive alms, she can find her way
to the poor-house. Christian, is
this right ?Is it not divinely writ-
ten “ The laborer is worthy of his
hire ?” In your business relations
you pay canvassers large saleries
But to the canvasser for unconvert-
drink. We would not include all
in this condemnation, for some of
our churches, and one missionary
society, at least, have in the past
year increased the saleries’of their
missionaries from $30 to $40 per
month. All honor to them for
their appreciative kindness“ and
Christian consideration. Have you
tor’a hands and encourage his amount to nothing. _ __________
heait. Be just, even though you
We noticed last week, in a quar­
may not be able to boast of aiding ter prolific in such terms, a fling at
so large a number of good works. “ the barbed-wire theory of the
Let what is done be rightly and Church.” Again we accept the
honestly done. Let there be indeed phrase. As a religious and moral
and in truth Christian liberality. institution the Church must have
Then will your missionary and co­ barbed-wire regulations. If it does
worker;_go about her labors with a fails to resemble the Divine
lighter and more cheerful heart, and Government which has surrounded
rwwi. fui-lhel l'aiaeHaod^KTëvnw'tCKWbéd-Wfré
blessed Master. She will no longer fences.
carry a heavy heart within her own
One of the truths this generation
breast as she visits the sick-room, needs to learn is that it is under
or as she goes in and out among moral and religious cast-iron regu-
the poor and neglected, striving to _____
iatjona j and hemmed in by barbed-
win them within the walls of -your wirefenceST It needsto hearoften
sanctuary, and to bring them under Until it firmly belie vea ..the words
the sound and influence of the Gos­ of our Lord : “ Enter ye in at the
pel.— Christian at Work.
strait gate: for wide is the gate,
and broad is the way, that leadeth
Cast-iron Dogmas.
to destruction, and many there be
One of the new phrases intended which go in thereat: Because
to bring faithful statements of the strait is the gate, and narrow is the
truths of Revelation into disrepute way, which leadeth unto life, an(d
is that they are “ cast-i ran ” sys­ few there be that find it.” So
tems of doctrine. The phrase un­ spake infinite love, redeeming love;
fortunately is on the lips and on love that laid down life for men.
the pens of men claiming to be And so spake perfect knowledge.—
Christians, and who wish to put an Ex.
excessively indefinite and hazy li
Empty Words.
beralism in the place of existing
and authorized formulas. WelT, we ~Tast week_a~Jr6ung mail in Cin­
accept the |rhrase. Moral nths and cinnati murdered his paramour and
religious truths are cast-iron ; as then killed himself. A letter to
mathematical rules, and the laws of the Coroner which he left behind
health and Irfe, and certain finan­ him indicates a not unusual but
cial principles are as rigid as cast- most perverse state of mind. He
iron. And cast-iron rules there says that her loved he so much that
must be everywhere and in all re­ he could not die without her, and
lations and pursuits. When they therefore took her life. What a
are once ascertained the end of con­ shocking prostitution of the word
troversy is reached. There is not love! The wretch did not love the
and cannot be in the nature of woman at all, or else he would have
things any liberality in such mat­ sought her happiness even at the
ters ; a departure from the rule ne­ sacrifice of his own. What animat­
cessarily results in obtaining just ed him was a mere selfish desire
| so much less of the benefits of per- for his own enjoyment, and as long
the missionary’.sjakry^aniLfio ahe
finds herself without any provision
to meet such requests, though often­
times urged by absolute necessity.
a s th e woman mi nis tered t n. th is bo—
shielded her, butjwhen this ceased
she must cease to live" We ’pro”
test against this abuse of language
which represents lust as love, and
applies the name of man’s noblest
affection to a mere appetite which
men share with the inferior ani­
mals. The suicide, instead of be­
ing one of love’s martyrs was sim- .
„ply the victim of his own mean sei-
^T wte r encp r efuiea t h er ho pe-, ».that
« God will let them meet in heaven.” '
What sort of a place could he have
supposed heaven to be ? What
sort of a union would the murderer
and his victim enjoy ? . All the
Trust^^lKy”^^^^^” we“ have
about heaven comes form the Bible,
holy place into which nothing un­
clean ever enters. "Yet the Kom 1 -
cide who was living in sin with his
companion coolly cherishes the hope
that both will meet in the abode of
the blessed. What would they do
there ? With whom would they
associate ? How could they have a
moment’s peace when every sight
and soundw^^
will doubtless meet in the other
world, but in that place which is
the exact opposite of heaven. The
horror of that meeting what tongue
can tell ?— Christian Intelligencer.
—- .
—... — . ______
Only a few come to the week
night service, you say, whatever“
that may be—lecture or prayer
meeting. Only a few;—but how
the interests of the church rest on
the shoulders of thbse few as its
burden bearers 1 In their warm
hearts is the nest of almost every
good activity, cherished there and
vitalized there, and sent out into
being. That meeting for the few
means a fire built at the centre;
life-blood poured into the heart.
You reach the controlling forces of
the church in that little meeting.
And then, how it pays to keep up
such services in the season of “ few­
ness,” the months of coldness, of lit-“"
tie interest, because out from that
center will break out a heat that
will go all over the church, and
warm up the cold, frozen brethren
and sisters who may come forward
to scold sharply the old workers for
their lack of zeal. Never mind.
Let them flame. They are on fire.
No matter if they don’t recognize
the hearth flow whence came the
coals in their*own bosom. How it
did pay to keep up that humble,
little, ever-dying yet ever living
week night service.— Ex.