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THE CHRISTIAN AND THE WAR.
The question is being asked very often these days: "What can the Christian do in con nection with t lie war?" The answers that can he given to this question are almost as numer ous as there are Christians to ask it. No two men have exactly the same duties to per form. There are some duties which belong to all Christians and others which belong to many. The fact that a man is a Christian presupposes that he will he loyal to his country. His duties to his country and to the kingdom of God do not and cannot conflict. His loyalty will require that he render to the government every service in his power. If he is called upon to enter the military or naval service, and he is found prepared and qualified he will go. When taxes are imposed to meet the great cost of the war he will pay them with out complaint or grudging. When the gov ernment calls for purchasers for its bonds, if he has money, he will buy them. These and similar things every loyal citizen will do whether he be a Christian or not. But there are certain other things which the Chris tian as such will do. Here are some of them: lie should pray constantly that God will direct all of the affairs of the nation, that the President, the Congress, and all those who ad minister the affairs of government, may be given wisdom from on high, that God in His own way may use this nation for the ad vancement of the cause of righteousness in the earth. Then he should pray for individual men who have entered the service. If lie has not now the probability is that he will soon have some acquaintances among the enlisted men. Pray for them. Every church ought to make individual and united prayer for the men who have gone into the service from its membership or congrega tion. Make and keep in some conspicuous place a list of the names of all these men. Let all the church be encouraged to pray for them. If they are not Christians, pray that they may be saved. If they are Christians, pray that they may be kept firm in the faith and that they be given grace to resist the many temptations that will beset them, for they will be many and great. Let them know from time to time that prayers are being of fered for them. To help these men there are some things that can be done. The government will look after their physical needs. Hut food and cloth ing and medical attention will not supply every need. A church should see that every man, who leaves their congregation for the front, has a copy of the Bible or Testament. If he has one it will not do any harm for the church to give him another, that he may carry it as a reminder that the church is thinking of him. These men in the camp and in the trenches will have hard work to do, but they will have much time that will hang heavily upon their hands. Keep them supplied with good read ing matter. There will certainly bo no dif ficulty in reaching them as long as they arc in the camp in this country, and there will probably be little difficulty in doing so, if any of them have to go to Europe. Send them good papers, books or magazines of any kind, but especially send them their church paper, so that they may be kept in touch with the work of the church, and be given such spiritual food as they cannot find elsewhere. It will save much trouble and' the paper will reach them much more regularly, if a special copy is ? subscribed for for each of them, and the cost will not be great. One of the best ways to keep the men in the army tied to the church at home, will be to see that letters are written to them regularly by members of the church. This should not be done spasmodically, but systematically. Each church will have to plan this for itself, but some member of the church should write to each one of their soldier members at least once a week. Let it be done so regularly that they will learn to expect them. Especially give them the news of the church, and make them feel that the letters come from the church. These are just some of the ways in which the Christians at home can do something that will be worth while for the country and for the service. There are hundreds of others. Go to God in prayer, and ask Ilim to show them to you. Keep your eyes open that you may see what God shows you, and do not shirk or slight the least duty or obligation that is laid upon you. God will bless you ami your efforts, when you are faithful. AN OLD TRUTH UNDER A NEW NAME. The word of God liveth and abidetli for ever. No system of philosophy, nor scientific hypo thesis has been able to overturn it. One of the fundamental statements of the Bible is, that in Adam we all sinned. The doctrine of "original sin" has been the stumbling-block of super-sensitive scientists in these modern days. The outraged moral sense of modern men has flung back the doctrine, that unborn races have to bear the mark of Adam's transgres sion, and are in him guilty of his sin. The bonds that bind the race are singularly loosed when it comes to moral matters, and we have no more moral connection with Adam than with the intelligent inhabitants of Mars. To affirm that we have means "to make God a monster of iniquity, and confound all moral distinctions." Ilence the doctrine of original sin belongs to man's period of childhood and has no standing in the clear light of this adult age. Along comes the science which for a lack of a shorter name we call biology. We begin to investigate successive races of men. Instead of each man standing on his own moral feet, and so responsible for himself alone, we find a strange perversity ; traits of evil come out so persistently, and invariable ten dencies show themselves so overwhelmingly that scientists have been driven to believe that the father does have somthing to do with the moral condition of the child, and that down through the race runs a terrible bond that in sists on the fact, that the race is really one after all. So the child being born under a taint that they had no wilful determination to Require, are by that very fact condemned ; so that we are driven to affirm that back some where in the past the race sinned and we sinned in the race. The scientist calls this "heredity." But what's in a name, anyhow? Is not this the /old bald doctrine of the fathers and of the word of God, except the name is different? The dreamy-eyed Indian philosopher af firmed that we come back and the doctrine of the transmigration of souls began. But that is fantastic. There is something that makes for the solidarity of the race, as the French Sorbounite, says. If the race is solid, then the sin of its progenitor becomes our sin. There are some reflections. The deeper we probe into truth, even scientific, the nearer we come to God's word. We, therefore, hav? no fear. Truth is one and will appear. Names and nomenclature, about which theological storms rage, amount to but little. The truth, like murder, will out, even if it has to come from a strange direction, and under peculiar titles. We need never fear for God's word. Like the massive cubes of the desert pyramids; turn it over and it lies as four-square as ever. We must avoid the arrogance of a cocksure theol ogy, as well as the scornful assertions of un proved hypotheses. Neither are productive of good. Keep the heart sweet and the mind humble and we will enter into truth. Her tem ple is vast and in it is room for all wonder. A. A. L. A FINE OUTLOOK. It is a very encouraging thing in our be loved Church to see such a fine corps of young men, sound in doctrine and aggressive in methods, going out into the work of the. min istry. Our seminaries are given us a number of choice men, who, with the spirit of the early disciples, are going out into the waste places to build on no man's foundation. We have always found young men willing, nay, even often anxious for the hard and low ly places of the world's need. Our Church ap peals to the heroic in our young men and they have gladly answered. When we look over the whole Church, how many of our younger men have been called to the strong, and in fluential churches, where they are wielding a mighty influence for God. Then, in so manv of our influential posts older men are abiding with the glory of truth upon their heads, and in their speech. We take it 011 the whole that our Church was never so well manned as it is today. Nor was there ever so bright a prospect of our being able to overtake the destitutions of our South country. Surely God has set the Southern Presby terian Church for such a time as this, and in the ominous years ahead she will play 110 mean part. The rising tide of evangelism, combined with the deeper consciousness of our duty to give, promise well for the strengthening and lengthening of the bound of our Presbyterian Zion. If God should point the way to a closer affiliation with our branches of like faith, she will bring a rich dowry to the combined house keeping of the Church of God in America. If she is to go her way in her own land, it is with the respect of all, and with a devotion and fitness that combined say to the Master, "we will do Thy bidding well." Pray for the peace, which means all divine blessings, upon our Zion. And let young and old labor with the crowning assurance that the harvest is ours, and the glory, our King's. A. A. L. THE COUNTRY CHURCH. There are various theories for the reestab lishment of the country church. Some writers would secularize it by introducing secular studies, such as agriculture, and making it more of a social center. We are not so sure that this diversion of the purposes of the Christian Church would add much to the pro motion of either religion or agriculture. There is something in the religion of the fathers who established and maintained the old-time coun try church whose decadence is so much de plored, that if faithfully .introduced and ap plied might contribute to the restoration of the fallen walls. ? The United Presbyterian. Christ found religion a rite. lie left it a passion. ? Ian Maclaren. A