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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, October 03, 1917, Image 3

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Wlu'ii, a iVw days ;???(? 1 here came tin- an
nouncement that God had called to his eternal
reward Kev. Dr. \V. 1*. Jacobs. the thought in
voluntarily rose in many minds as to what
would become of the great worU for God he
has built up at Clinton, S. ( '. For many years
ho gave his great heart and all the energy of
body and soul to earing for the fatherless ones,
whom Cod intrusted to his care.
With no money, hut with great faith and
love, he undertook ihis work. Mis faith in
(lod and in his fellow Christians was reward
ed hy his having provided the means for earing
for and training for (iod thousands of little
ones who eame to him when there was no one
else to take eare of thetn. .Many a time the meal
barrel and the oil cruise were very low. hut
his faith never wavered, (lod and the ehureh
honored his faith, and a^ the years passed he
was able to eare for an increasing number
of children.
That his love was given them in unstinted
measure is shown by their devotion to him.
and by the way he influenced their lives. Few
if any of those intrusted to his care left the
home he had made for them without having
been led to the Saviour.
We are sure thai he had done all the work
(iod had for him to do, or he would not have
been taken away from it. The worker has
been called home, but the work must go on.
Some times it seems that (Jod appoints one
of His children to start a work which lie
wants done, and when it has been well started
he is called away. It may be that in such
cases (Jod wants to place the work in the
hands and upon the hearts of more of His
The Thornwell Orphanage is certainly (iod's
work. It has been well started by him whom
(Jod highly honored. Dr. Jacob's fatherless
ones ? Cod's little ores ? must not be neglected.
They must not be allowed to sillier. God's
Church must and will take eare of them.
Some one must be called to take the place
at the head of this great institution, but iic
cannot do the work alone. He will need the
hearty support of all those who helped Dr.
.Jacobs, and many more.
Of course the churches and Sunday-schools
will continue to send their help, and they ought
to do more than ever before. Hut something
great ought to be done.
We suggest that the church go to work at
once to raise a fund of a million dollars, not
merely as a memorial to Dr. Jacobs, but for
the honor and glory of God. Let it be called
the "Jacobs Memorial Fund," but let it be un
derstood that it is to be used for the complete
equipment of this home, so that it will he pre
pared to take care of all the fatherless and
motherless little ones who knock at its door,
asking for a home and care and love. Can
there be a sadder sight than that of a little
child, with no one to take care of it, being de
nied admittance to such a home and left out in
the world with no one to provide for it Yet
this often occurs, because there is no room
for it in the home that is already overcrowded.
Does a million dollars seem a large amount?
It is not as large as is the work to be done.
The people of God in the Southern Presby
terian Church have enough of God's money in
their keeping to do this, and yet not let any
other cause suffer.
If the friends of Thornwell will raise such
a fund as t ii is, it will not only greatly increase
the usefulness of this home, but it will inspire
the friends of other orphan homes to do like
wise. The inspiration of such a deed will be
felt throughout the land.
Many a loyal father is going to t lie front,
in these days to fight the battles of freedom.
Think how nuieh comfort and relief would
come to him. if he could feci that if he should
he killed, and his wife should be left without
lite means to provide for the little ones, there
would at least be a place for them in the home
over which the spirit of Dr. .Jacobs still
breathes ?
There are two valuations of man. One is
man's. In its collective capacity we call
it, "public opinion." And the second, God's.
These are often antagonist ic to each other.
Man's view of his fellow is warped by self
interest. Few of us can .judge by the clear
light of reason, or the softer light of grace.
"When sell the wavering balar.ee holds, lis
rarely right adjusted." Our prejudices carry
us far atield from the truth. Man's opinion
of his fellownian is limited by ignorance. We
do not know the motives that control the other
man. I low often have we misjudged the other,
only to t i i id that our ignorance was al the
basis of our misjudginciit. Si ill more is our
opinion of man affected by our sin. This al
ways blinds men. We see through a glass
Is it any wonder that men have to die be
fore the people give them their dues as great
men? "No man is great to his valet." is the
French proverb. "A prophet is not without
honor save in his own country." says a greater
than all.
God's opinion of a man is often unknown to
the man himself. .Jesus waited until the dis
ciples of John had returned in order to pay
the mightiest tribute to the Forerunner. We
are so easily beset by pride that God does not
dare tell His good opinion of us this side the
Judgment Throne.
lint in the brief sketch of .John from the
lips of Jesus we have (Jod's estimate of a true
lie is a man of unshaken self-consistency.
He is no reed swaying in the breezes, lie does
not turn pious over night in ecclesiastical cir
cles, nor become the condoncr of Herod's vil
lainy in the courts of this arch-hypocrite.
No man is great whose soul is not rooted
and grounded in denial of self. He is a man
of unparalleled self-denial. He is firm in his
faith, unshaken as the everlasting hills. True
to (Jod he cannot be false to himself, nor to his
commission, lie does not spend his time lolling
in king's palaecs. lie is about his Master's
business all the time.
These two great qualities, self-denial and
self-consistency, are the pillars of a true char
acter. Without either one, no man is great
in Clod's sight.
In the degree in which these virtues shine
in our lives we are great in God's sight.
In nothing do we see the difference in the
opinion of a careless world. "When thou doest
good to thyself, men will praise thee." That
is their idea of greatness. The heroes it has
crowned are of this selfish tinsel type. Such
men shrink into nothingness before the eye
of (Jod who Judges righteously.
Tint even in the sijjhl of God the best of us
come short of the perfect image of God.
John was the greatest that had been born
of women among the prophets. Yet there were
disciples in the kingdom who were greater
than lie.
These disciples were the ones who luiu the
spirit of Christ, even if in slight degree. And
tin; man who had his spirit and was one of his
was superior even to the splendid John Bap
John had the two faults of all who empha
size tlit* reforming side of the kingdom. Those
who look upon religion as co-ordinate with a
sinless life.
lie was impatient of delay. Now or never
was his command. The axe was laid at the
root of the tree. It must no longer cumber
the ground. The kingdom must he taken by
violence. Reforms of life must be not only
sweeping but immediate, lie cannot wait for
the blade and then the ear and then the full
corn in the ear.
llf was intolerant of imperfect ion. Only
the righteous should have access to the temple
of a religious life. Purity of soul was pre
liminary to entrance. This is true of all re
ligions except that of Jesus.
These are the spots on the sun. These mar
the character of .John. They are opposed to
the spirit of .Icsus. lie that is a weak disciple,
vet has his spirit, is greater than John the
Uaptist. .Icsus was the only perfect man. He
had the unshaken fidelity and self-denial. He
had the unselfish consistency of life. Yet he
was m.i impatient of delay. <>h! how patient
lie has been with us all. Let me dig about this
barren tree and see if it will not hear fruit. He
is never intolerant of any poor imperfect dis
ciple. lie says "Come just as you arc from
the far country of sin, I will furnish what you
lie is the perfect man. lie is God's expres
sion of a true man. lie is our example.
Why dwell on lesser pictures unless to see
our imperfections? Let us dwell in admiration
on the perfect one. and l>e like him some day.
A. A. L.
My Kev. AY. I*. Clndester.
(Mr. Chedester is one of our Sunday-school
missionaries whose work has been done in thj
mountainous sections of Appalachian Synod,
which is so largely made up of mountains. II is
enthusiasm for Sunday-school work and his
zeal for the saving of souls take him into every
mountain cove where there are children un
taught, and p 'opie without a saving knowledge
of the gospel. The following articles by Mr.
Chedester is il'osdivitivc of the type of work
that is constantly being done by our self-sac
rificing and efficient Sunday-school mission
aries. They go where you cannot well .'jo, and
your contributions keep them at work. '-The
illustration accompanying Mr. Chedester 's ar
ticle shows an old box car that is being used
as a Sunday-school. They do not build many
fine churches in the mountains, but the money
that is given to Sunday-school Extension goes
directly towards teaching gospel-hungry chil
dren about the Saviour.)
A I lux Car SUnda.v-scliool.
The \V. M. Ritter Lumber company has a
plant at Proctoi, in Swain county, North Cai">
lit. a. Last summer when doing Sunday-s'ihtol
mission work in Ashcville Presbytery I visited
Proctor twice; preached five times in the church

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