YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES
POLITICS FOK GOD.
Topic for Sunday, October 124:
CAPTURING POLITICS FOK GOD.
Monday: Pride of citizenship.
Tuesday: A misruled city. Isaiah
Wednesday: The grafter. Acts
Thursday: God in the city. Isaiah
Friday: Revealing abominations.
Saturday: A clean man. Daniel
The Christian moral svstjm, based
upon the New Testament, is the only
system of early times that put citizenship
in the proper ethical relations.
Our Master himself recognized the
duties of the citizen when he paid the
taxes or tribute due, even working a
miracle that he might have the money.
He exemplified this still further in
his memorable answer to the question
with which his enemies thought to ensnare
him, in the presence of the
"Render, therefore, unto Caesar the
things which are Caesar's, and unto
God the things that are God's," a
speech so important that three evangelists
put it on record.
Ami ilie Iuo.ot.Cr cnfcrcci h'? "forlt
and pressed it home by first showing
his questioners, or rather making them
show, the current money itself, with
the image and superscription stamped
Paul taught the same principle when
he said, "Let every soul be subject
unto the higher powers. For there
is no power but of God; the powers
flint ho n ro nrrl q 5n nrl nf flnrl "V n m not
needs be subject, not only for wrath,
but also for conscience sake."
"For for this cause pay ye tribute
also; for they are God's ministers, attending
continually upon this very
thing. Render, therefore, to all their
dues; tribute to whom tribute is due;
custom to whom custom; fear to whom
fear; honor to whom honor."
Some people think that politics and
statesmanship are altogether distinct,
that one is the trade of citizenship and
the other the principles of citizenship.
It is a false distinction. The business
of citizenship should be shaped by the
principles that underlie it.
Some apply the term politics solely
to the matter of office-holding and
partisanship, the man in office, the
party in administration and "dividing
the spoils." The proper meaning
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phrase, "the body politic."
The duties of citizenship embrace
not only the support of government,
due respect for its officials and patriotic
devotion to all its interests and
principles, but also the careful, proper
and constant use of the power of voting.
Too many citizens, out of idleness
sometimes, out of indifference sometimes,
out of disgust sometimes, keep
away from the polls. They should not
complain if the result is that the evil
minaea ana seu-seeKing get lnio
power and office is made simply a
trade. The evils of ward politics and
saloon politics lie at the door of this
The power of any nation lies in
righteousness. The greatest contribution
that one can make to his country
is that of an upright, strong life,
wielding an influence for good all the
time, inciting others to good all the
time, and diligently using all possible
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
KIiISHA'8 HEAVENLY DEFENDERS.
(Vtnliop '>i tmr. > ? "
Golden Text: "The angel of the
Lord encampeth round about them
that fear him, and delivereth them."
Q. 70. Which is the seventh commandment?
A. The seventh commandment is,
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Outline of the Lesson.
Precautions taken by the prophet's
advice save Israel.
The Syrians seek to arrest Elisha,
whose advice is so useful.
God sends a host to protect His
The Tinm: The Elisha stories do
not seeln to be given in any chronological
order. This makes it difficult
to indicate the time of the incidents
with any marked precision. The incident
of the text probably occurred in
the days of Jehoram, Ahab's son.
The Place: Dothan was a small
walled town ten or twelve miles north
of Samaria. It was in the valley or
plain in which it lay that Jacob's sons
once pastured their flocks and herds.
High mountains surrounded the little
plain. The location was about ten
miles north of Samaria. Jehoram's
capital. It lay near the great caravan
route from Syria towards Egypt.
The Syrian's Stratagem: The
Syrians were making war on the kingdom
of Israel. Their leader was conducting
a guerilla warfare rather than
resorting to an open invasion. Sudden
and unexpected raids were the
features of the campaign. Each time,
however, the raiders' movements were
made known to the king of Israel, and
again and again Jehoram, being warned
by Elisha, was saved.
The Syrian King's Anger: The king
of Syria was "sore troubled by the
constant defeat of his plans. It was
told him that one Elisha, a prophet,
who in some way knew his schemes
and reported them to the king of
Israel. He ordered his arrest. Being
informed that the prophet was in
Dothan, a great host was sent to that
place, of horsemen and chariots, to
capture the faithful prophet. The
march was made in the night, the
better to insure its success.
One With God a Majority: It was a
oi n on 1 o r tool ( m one o n /I n n i< n nnn
scious tribute, thus paid to the power
and importance of just one man. But
that man had God on his side. It
would take a host to seek to defeat or
apprehend him, and even a host could
not do this except by God's permission.
The World's View: Elisha's servant
went out early In the morning and
beheld the enemy's host that encom
passeu me piace. in aiarm ne reiioried
to his master. His report indicated
his conviction that escape was
impossible. "Alas! how shall we do?
He had not estimated the other side.
He took counsel of both his ignorance
and his fears.
Fear Not : Elisha's first words were
designed to remove the man's fear.
This the prophet knew to be at the bottom
of his servant's gloomy report
and anxious question. A brave spirit
is prepared to expect and to see deliverance.
A timid or craven heart is
always looking for the worst. "Permeans
for making his country better,
among these means always counting
respect for law and rulers, faithful
voting, uncomplaining tax-paying.
N OF THE SOUTH.
feet love casteth out fear." "Fear
not, little flock; it is your Father's
pleasure to give you the kingdom."
They That Be With Us: But God
does not ask of us to trust without
a reason. Elislia added to his injunction
a good reason why his servant
should fear not. "They that be with
us are more than they that be with
them." His defenders had not yet
appeared, but Elislia had seen the
Lord's deliverance often enough to
know that helpers would come when
the need developed. His faith told
him that the same lnvo nnrl nnrnoi
which had protected him in the past
would ,now be on his side.
Faith Confirmed by Sight: The servant's
faith was hardly equal to his
master's. The prophet was, therefore,
willing to take such steps as
would confirm it. God would have us
trust Him implicitly, but at the same
time He knows our infirmities, and Ho
graciously condescends to give us evidence
which we can grasp. The trouble
with us is that too often we both reject
the truth which we should believe
and shut our eyes to the testimony
which supports it.
Klislui's Way: "And Elisha prayed."
It was a prayer for his servant, not
for himself. He already saw, with
faith's vision, the mighty host of
heavenly defenders that stood about
him. He wished now to have his ser
vant enjoy the sight as well. So he
prayed to God in the man's behalf.
"The effectual, fervent prayer of the
righteous availeth much." And it is
the Christian's duty to pray for the
confirmation of the faith of the halting
Open His Eyes: The thing to oe
seen was already present. Elisha had
seen it. It was simply a question of
his man's seeing. "Open his eyes that
he may see." The wondrous things
of God's word are there in the book.
But they are as if they were not, except
God touch the unseeing eye and
give it power to see. The eyes of
Elisha were already good. Divine
power had already *been given him.
Now he would have that power given
his servant. The natural man receives
not.ine mings 01 uoa, ramer perceives
them. The power to see is a supernatural
And He Saw: It was not a new
sight. Myriads of times before had
the same heavenly defenders stood
around God's people. Bui ?t was new
to this man. Elisha's desire that his
servant should see it showed the
prophet's love for the man and desire
to have him enjoy faith's vision.
Elisha would have been delivered all
the same had his servant not witnessed
the defending host. But the prophet
wished to have his servant's fears
allayed and faith confirmed. The great
prophet was never greater than when
Vin W9Q thna aaalr 1n tr fho crt\r\A r\f V?lo
What He Saw: "The mountain was
full of horses and chariots of Are
round about Elisha." The vision took
this material form, like the horses and
chariots of the enemy, in order tc
give the most substantial confirmation
of faith. The difference lay in the
exceeding surpassing numbers and in
the fact that the chariots were of fire
It was a wall about Elisha that nc
Syrian army could break down, a wall
of fire through which they could noi
pass. It was a heavenly host sent te
protect God's prophet, which remind!
us of our Saviour's words, "Thinkesl
thou that I cannot beseech my Father
and He shall even now send me mor<
than twelve legions of angels?"
KHsIih'n Magnanimous Spirit: mA
hand of the Syrians approached
Dothan. On Ellsha's prayer the mem
hers of It were smitten with blindness
Elislia led them into the very camp ol
the Israelites. To the king's inquiry
should he smite them, Elisha said no
[October 13, 1915.
and rather feed and dismiss them.
They returned to their own people,
and for some time the Syrians came
no more into the land of God. This
new method of fighting them prevailed.
It was plainly God's hand that was
The footprints of conscience are
soon obliterated by the busy tracks
of the world. If you would follow
her, you must walk close to her.
M ary Baldwin
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