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The SouTr,. ">?%? -tern Presbyter/a
The QentraJ' resbyter/an ? The Souj?*ernPre5byter/am VOL. 93. RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, JANUARY 8, 1919, No. 2 Ciiitorial jSoteS anb Comment PBESIDENT WILSON has received such an enthusiastic and hearty welcome in Eu rope as has never been given to any other vis itor in the countries to which he has gone. Everywhere he is acclaimed, not only the head of the greatest nation in the world, but as be ing one of the greatest men that the world has ever been blessed with. He is showing to the people of Europe, not only that he is a wise statesman, but that he represents a people who are anxious that a just peace shall be estab lished. He is surrounded by the wisest coun sellors this country can produce, and yet we are sure that if he were asked what he needs most he would say that what he needs more than anything else is the prayers of God's people, that he may be guided in the difficult task which he has before him. Let us all pray that God may give him all needed wisdom. ? + + + THE FEDERAL COUNCIL of the Churches of Christ in America is composed of repre sentatives of about thirty of the leadiug churches of this country and it is supposed to look after the interests of God's kingdom as represented by these churches. The fact seems to be that almost all that it' does seems to be planned and carried out by its Executive Com mittee. Some things done by this committee do not seem to us to come within the province of the Council. At a meeting recently held in Atlantic City this executive committee adopted a series of resolutions endorsing the proposed League of Nations for the preservation of peace, and appointed a commission to go to France to lay this endorsement before the Peace Conference.,. There are two serious ob jections to the Council, through its committee, taking this action. In the first place no plan for the League of Nations has been propose I by any One who can speak for the Peace Confer ence, and it seems unwise at. least for any body of men to endorse a proposition which has not been formulated, and which, when adopted, may include objectionable features. But a more serious objection to the action of the committee is that the League of Nations is something that the Church has nothing to do with. So far as we have seen any outline of the plan to be proposed, the League of Nations is entirely and only political. The object for which it is intended, -making war impossible, is a most commendable one. But it is hard to see what the Church has to do with the lim iting of the armament of nations, or with their agreements providing for an international po lice force, or with any treaties they may make with each other by which they bind themselves to certain policies of government of their ac tions toward one another and toward the other nations of the earth. Certainly such a League will be a great blessing to the world. So a good and strong government is a blessing to this country. But it does not seem to us that the Church has any more right to speak in one case than in the other. Our Church at least has always held that policies of govern ment are outside of its sphere of action. The commission appointed to go to France is as follows: Dr. Frank Mason North, president of the Federal Council ; James I. Vance, D. D., of Nashville, Tenn., chairman of the Execu tive Committee; Dr. Henry Churchill King, chairman of the Commission on the Church and Social Service of the Federal Council; Dr. Frederick Lynch, of the World Alliance, and Mr. Hamilton Holt, editor of the Independ ent. Other names will be added before the personnel of the commission is complete. 0t)l Jfflagnifp anto $ratee Jlame By Emily J. Bryant. The stars which sang creation's praise Still pour their glory down the age; And every work of God shall raise \ New songs on the unfolding page. The wind and rain and snow fulfil The message of their Maker's will; While beast and man with freest will His open hand supplieth still. t Oh! magnify and praise His name, Whose sacrifice His love reveals. Whose blessed Holy Spirit came To save, and all our sorrows heals. O holy hope of bliss beyond, Realms of the blest supremely fair. Visions of glory sent to soothe And save us from a dark despair. Praise God in the long, weary hour. Praise Him who holy courage gives, God is our everlasting tower, In Him all good forever lives. Praise Him for the work we share, Praise Him for the crown that waits. Praise Him for His ccaseless care. Praise Him "sweeping through the gates." IS he worth the price? was the question asked in regard to a certain man. That is just Avhat every business man asks about each one of his employees. If he is worth more than he is paying him, the honest man will raise the wages of his employee. Let every church raise that question about its pastor and face it squarely. The way to estimate the value of a pastor is too see what would be the condition of the church and community without him if they could get no one to take his place. Busi ness men know how to make such estimates. We predict that, if this plan should be tried with all the pastors of our Chnrch, and they should be dealt with fairly, there would be very few who would not rejoice in an increased salary. The beginning of the year is a good time for church officers and people to give this matter earnest thought, that they may not be guilty of doing their pastor an injustice. \ . - - - * HAMPDEN-SIDNEY COLLEGE has been formally transferred to the Synod of Vir ginia by its Board of Trustees at a meeting held in Richmond recently. This is in ac cordance with the offer made at the Synod at its meeting a few weeks ago and accepted by that body. It now belongs to the Synod in fee simple. The Board of Trustees elected Mr. J. D. Eggleston as President of the college. He is now President of the Virginia Polytech nic Institute at Blacksburg.- Before being elected to that position he was State Superin tendent of Education for Virginia. He is an active elder .in the Presbyterian Church. By character, disposition and experience he is well qualified to fill a position which has been oc cupied by a long line of able men. It has just been announced that he has accepted the presi dency and we are sure that he will throw his energy and wisdom into the building up of this grand old college that in the past has done so much for the Church. For more than a year Professor A. W. McWhorter has most satisfac torily performed the duties of President, in ad dition to the work belonging to his special de partment. But no one man can do all the work that is needed in two such positions. + + + POETS do not seem always to realize just what their words imply. In a catchy lit tle poem, giving advice for the conduct of life, this line appears: "A little more deed and a little less creed." Creed is what a man be lieves. The more he believes concerning God and his duty towards Him and his fellowman, the more and the better will be his deeds. What is needed is not less creed, but more creed. The more a man believes that is ritfht, the more will he do that is right. He who has no belief as to what God requires of him will not likely do much for God or man. + 4? FRIENDS of prohibition are saying that by the first of February the prohibition amendment to the National Constitution will have been adopted by enough States to put it into immediate effect. Already fifteen legis latures have acted favorably. Many more will act in January, and it is said that more than the required thirty-six will have ratified it be fore the end of the month. It is claimed that forty-five States will eventually approve it, leaving three that are doubtful. + + + CHRISTIANITY has gained a position in China which is not always appreciated In this country. About 300,000 Chinese have been doing war work in France, back of the battle line. But the Chinese government refused to let these laborers be sent to France, unless they wefre put under the oversight of Christian missionaries. This has given an excellent op portuifity for carrying the gospel to these heathen under exceptionally good conditions.