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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 23, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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WORSHIP OR PLAY ON SUNDAY?
BY LIVY S. RIGHARD
Arguing against Sunday baseball
and Sunday golf, a distinguished
nlfirs-vman recently saicU-
If' t "A man will not find in the field the
worship thatwifl bund his soul."
It depends.
"The groves' were God's first tem
ples," and in them there is yet much
to learn njuch -Which makes for
reverence. I see no reason why the
God that is visible, out of doors is not
as worthy of veneration as the God
of the sacred books which men ex
pounded in churches.
I have listened to many sermons
which it seemed to me did less good
than might have come through a
wholesome game in the opfin air.
Baseball, for instance, teaches team
play, fair play and fellowship; teaches
to be up and doing. Whereas those
sermons taught little but patience
and that selfish type of piety which
exhausts itself in preachments of
correct personal .conduct, with. very
little social understanding or in
centive to fight the (levil in society.
The soul building which I think
most worth while comes less with
passive worship than with battling
man to man for a better order.
If anything is said op done inside
a church of a pleasant Sunday which
will help the church-goer to think
better thoughts, to have finer aspira
tions, to deal more kindly and show'
greater mercy afterward than before,
" then that is something which should
not be missed. And where there is
such ministry you don't need to fear
the competition of the beckoning
field, for men and women every
where are hungry for it, and soon or
late will find it and go to it
The decline In church attendance,
as I figure it out, is nothing more or
less than a decline in the church's
vital appeal.
Folks stay away because there is
no strong call for them to go.
Any live minister with a vibrant
human message can fill a church, be
fire- outside attractions what they
may:
Billy Sunday isn't blanketed by
baseball or golf. He turns thousands
away. He does it, not by his the-nlnp-ir
whirh is mierhtv old-fashioned
Ht, indeed, he has any at all, but by
Ms earnestness, ms viniuy, ms ele
mental human appeal.
You go to a service conducted by
a man like that because you want to
go, not because he or anybody else
sa'ys you ought to go.
A minister who can niake folks
want to go to church has no bother
abotit empty pews.
It is because so many clergymen
are merely going through forms and
motions in the pulpit, preaching and
praying against time, dodging or soft
pedaling the-big issues of our day,
that so many folks prefer golf or a
ball game.
Sunday. we have learned, was
made, for man, not man for Sunday.
So man Js doing on Sunday what he
wants to do.
The problem of the preacher is to
make him want to do what he ought
to da Unless they can do that I
know df no way by which they can
hold their jobs.
They can do it whenever they are
willing to cut loose from convention
alities, ignore the big pew-holders
and preach straight-from-the-shoul-der
Christianity as taught by the Car
penter of Nazareth.
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SOMETHING DOING
Some vervl noticeable imnrove-
ments are being made by the Rev. C.
A. Tutue about the M. K. parsonage
lawn and eardens. Stumps and dead
trees are being removed and several
shade and fruit trees and shrubbery
will be planted in their place. The '
agricultural and horticultural fea
tures of these premises havebeen
neglected for several years. Lyons
Cor: Burlington Democrat. '
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