"JESUS: AMERICAN CITIZEN' IN RFXIGION
LIBERAL, BUT GOES TO CHURCH
BY THE REV. CHARLES STELZLE
Jesus goes to church.
The churches aren't all they should
be. Some of them are "controlled hy
men and women who do not repre
sent the religion they profess no,
not by the farthest stretch of the
But Jesus goes to church.
He goes to church because He is
not content to sit idly by and permit
what there is of evil in the church to
grow greater instead of diminish.
He goes to church because He be
lieves that whatever may be its
weaknesses, nevertheless it is the
greatest institution in the world.
Jesus even goes so far as to con
form to certain usages in the church
which He regards as antiquated pa
tiently waiting for the time when
reform shall come and He knows
that it will come from within the
church, not from without
But Jesus has opinions of His own
as to how He shall express His per
Some people regard Him as a her
etic because He sits down and talks,
with others who aren't "orthodox."
This doesn't trouble Jesus because,
somehow, he seems to think there's
good in every one which needs to be
brought out. And He's very slow to
His religion is the kind that you
can live out in the shop or the store.
He doesn't make any distinction be
tween "secular" affairs and "relig
ious matters to Him everything is
Religion is the "whole of life with
Nor does this mean that He's so
"pious" "that the rest of us feel un
comfortable in His presence. Even
little children clamor about Him
and that tells the story. You could
not get the youngsters interested in
Jesus if His religion were poky and
The big thing about the religion of
Jesus is its spirit. He doesn't soem
to be insistent upon particular forms
of expression, so long as men are
trying to bring in the kingdom of
God. He himself does this in the way
that seems right jto Him-r-and He
gives every man the same privilege
that is, He is quite Willing that
men should express their religion
through their own individualities.
Sometimes He goes full tilt against
the notions of some good people, as
to what is right on Sunday. For ex
ample, He was hungry one day and
He went out and plucked something
out of the garden although some of
the neighbors said He was violating
the laws of the Sabbath.
Jesus is much more liberal on the
recreational problem than some of
the people- who go to His church.
He has a fashion of saying that
"the Sabbath was made- for man and
not man for the Sabbath."
It's great that while Jesus doesn't
line up with any of the social reform
ers the men who have sure-thing
cures for all the evils of society all
believe in Him.
It's so because He's so big and
broad and fair, and most of all, be
cause He's got the only thing that
can ever get their schemes across
and these" reformers know it!
It's the kind of religion that Jesus
has that makes the world a good
place to live in. ,
This is the third of five articles.
Tomorrow Dr. Stelzle will discuss
SAMUEL LEWIS EXONERATED
Samuel Lewis, a young railroad
employe, 801 S. Ashland av., arrest
ed in connection with charges -made
by Gladys Weeks, Des Moines, la., re
cently, was exonerated in Judge
Fisher's courtroom after the girl ad
mitted her charges were a mistake,
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