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'JESUS: AMERICAN CITIZEN" IN POLITICS
HE IS NOT CONTENT WITH NEGATIVES
BY THE REV. CHARLES STELZLE
Jesus as a citizen stands for the
government. .He wouldn't engage in
a "flag-burning fest," in a vain at
tempt to create "a melting-pot for
He isn't a revolutionist in the or
He would not try to overthrow
thi3 government through violent
methods. He believes there are other
ways of working out social reforms.
And He doesn't rant and rave
about the impossibility of living the
Christian life under the present sys
tem. He doesn't say much about the
"system," but He does talk a good
deal about the "life." He believes
that if you can get enough of the
people living the right kind of a
"life," you'll get the right kind of a
There's more liberty and equality
in these United States than there is
in any other part of the world, and
Jesus is living out his philosophy
with the full realization that He will
make a success of it
Jesus is strong for the open forum
idea in a democracy.
He believes in talking things out
with the people. Get-together meet
ings for the discussion of community
problems has his endorsement He'd
stand for the, proposition that it's
better to talk a week than to strike
If Jesus can get his way, people
will understand each other better
and that's going a long distance to
ward the solution of the big social
questions of the day.
Jesus wants to make this city a
better city in which to live. '
He is enthusiastic about having
the sick healed and He's still more in
favor of creating conditions that will
Therefore, the appointment of
sanitary commissions and health
boards of the right kind have His
backing. He always endorses those
fine laws of health laid down by
Moses, found in the Old Testament.
It is a part of His religion.
As a citizen Jesus is not content
with negative programs and policies.
He not only wants bad practice
done away with, but He wants good
He 'fights the saloon as an insti
tution, but He wants something to
take its place. He believes in legiti
mate recreation. He makes it a prac
tice to go with his friends to social
Leaders false to the people will be
publicly denounced by Jesus.
And the language that He uses
when He upbraids the grafters and
crooks is such that they won't forget
it in a hurry.
There's no doubt that Jesus is
ready to fight them and all others
who stand for rottenness and" corrup
tion it's simply a question of the
choice of weapons.
This is the first of five articles de
scribing how Jesus would live if He
were an American citizen today. To
morrow Dr. Stelzle will discuss Jesus'
life in the business world.
WIRES' THAT HE'S ANXIOUS TO
RETURN TO ASYLUM.
Joseph O'Neill, Lake Forest hard
ware dealer, threatened to kill Frank
Hibbard of the Hibbard-Spencer-Bartlett
Co. and was sent to the in
sane asylum. He escaped yesterday.
He grew lonely and wanted to go
back. Addressed note to Dr. Se
hagen, sup't at Elgin: "Will arrive
I Elgin Wednesday to give up." Hand
ed It to Lieut. Larkin and asked him
to send it by wireless as he was in a
hurry to get back.
O'Neill imagined someone was
cheating him out of a fortune, when
arrested. $18,000 was found in His