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in a house of shame, plotting to ruin
some confiding girl, or with some
crowd of scoffers?
If Christ came to tnis city, what
would I want Him to find me doing?
Would I want Him to and me shirk
ing my duty, doing a questionable
thing or attempting to win men to
If Christ came to this city, with
whom would He spend most of His
time? I know that He would go wher
ever there was a sinner and not be
afraid of soiling His fine linen by go
ing, either. I know that He would go
regardless of class. ie would go as
freely and as frankly to the poorest
man in the poorest tenement as He
would go to the comfortable home
of one of your millionaires, and vice
versa. I think he would go wherever
there was anybody who needed help
on the deeper things of life.
If Christ came to this city, what
practices and'"neglect would he con
demn? What changes would I make
if I had 24 hours' notice?
Would you change any dates?
Would you go and apologize for any
thing you have said? Would you
pay some debt you have refused to
settle for years? Would you deed
back property that you have swindled
some poor fellow out or? Would you
go to the bank and draw money and
pay back something that you have
have cheated in order to obtain?
Would you goto men and tell them
you had lied about them? Would you
tell the brewery wagon not to. call at
your house in the future? Are there
any books on your library shelf you
would throw out? Are there any
pictures on the wall you would tear
down? Are you planning to go any
where you would not go if Christ
were coming to this city? Would
you take anything out of the icebox?
Would you have to dust the-bible?
Would you make any changes in your
I said, "If" Christ came to this city,
but there is no "if."
Christ IS in this city. Every now
and then some one writes a book like
W. T. Stead's book, "If Christ Came
to Chicago," but there is a sort of '
faithlessness in every such book, for
Christ has never been out of Chicago.
Christ has seen every stone laid in
Chicago, Brooklyn, New York, Phila
delphia, Boston, San Francisco, Lon
don, Paris, Berlin. He has heard
every lie, seen every false vote, has
known every vicious thought, every
sneer at high and holy things, every
yielding to low ideals, every corrupt
practice and every injustice, every
oath, every theft. His judgment of
you is not based upon the morning
newspaper or by a rating in Brad
street's or R. G. Dun, but by what He
sees and knows of you every day.
In Trafalgar Square, lifting itself
above the fog, stands the statue of
Lord Kelson, around wnose feet the
crowds break like waves. It stands
there a sort of silent exhortation to '
every young Englishman to give the
loyalty of his life to old England. In
a manner finer and more intimate we
have Jesus, who, not carved in stone,
but alive, stand above and in all of
life, of mankind, calling it to better
things. He is the unavoidable Christ.
There is a story in the new testa
ment' of how Jesus, after His resur
rection, appeared in a room where
some of His disciples were gathered.
His appearance was a mystery, for
all the doors were closed. He had ap
parently walked through the locked
door. Critics have sneered at thajt
as impossible, but you business men
know different, for He has walked
through locked doors into your
thoughts many times since that.
Men of Chicago, the eyes of Christ
are upon you. I plead with you to
act so that those eyes can smile upon
you. It is a practical impossibility
for a man to put himself face to face
with Jesus Christ and unblushingly
lead a bad life.
A certain wealthy family returning
home late one night discovered that
a burglar had rifled their silver-chest
of all its contents. The drawers were