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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, February 26, 1919, Image 10

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YOUNQ PEOPI/E'S SOCIETIES.
(C*Mtln??d from y*gm 7)
few reforms that can be adopted in
this country that will have more
widespread benefits than the abolition
of the liquor traffic. We can realize
something of the blessing when we
think of what it has cost the coun
try. The money spent in liquor each
year by the people of this country
amounted to about two and one-half
billion dollars. More than two hun
dred thousand men were engaged in
making and selling liquor. Millions
of tons of food products and of coal
were used in its manufacture, and
were thus lost to more useful pur
poses. The greatest cost was in the
manhood and womanhood of the
country. Scientific experiments and
observation have shown that the man
who drinks liquor is inefficient in his
work. No man can do his best when
his nerves and muscles and brain are
stupefied by alcohol. When we think
of the immense suffering that has
been caused to women and children
because of the drinking of men, we
see something of the terrible cost of
this habit.
No better use could be made of
this temperance meeting than to turn
it into one of thanksgiving to God
for His goodness in enabling His peo
ple to cast off this fearful chain which
has bound the nation for many gen
erations. The money that has been
spent for liquor will now be spent
for useful things. The men that have
been engaged in its manufacture and
sale will be employed in useful occu
pations. The men and women who
have been tottering and staggering
through life under the curse of drink
will now be able to stand straight
and take their proper places in the
world. Homes that have been over
shadowed with this dark cloud will
now become bright and happy Wives
who have dreaded the coming of their
husbands and children who have
feared the appearance of their fath
ers will now meet them with smiles
and loving welcomes.
By act of Congress, as a war mea
sure, tho country comes under the
prohibition law on the first of next
July. By the adoption of the consti
tutional amendment, it comes perma
nently under that law after next Jan
uary. 1
Like every other law on the statute
books this law will no doubt be vio
lated in many cases and by many peo
ple. The law can be as well enforced
17 ?thef' und easily than
many other laws. One of the unfor
tunate things about our country is
are ?nly enforce<l as the
Public demands them, if the people
of any community are opposed to the
nforcement of the prohibition laws,
the probability is that the officers of
e law will be negligent in their
inc-7 men W,U flnd Ways of mak
ing and getting liquor, it is the part
in Z7Y ?'t,Zen l? U8G hi8 be8t ^orts
them VhC laW" and 8UPP?rt,ng
them in whatever they do to this
The success of this movement in
America will no doubt have great in
I ?th6r PartS ?f the worlll.
and it is to be earnestly hoped that
may be the means of inducing
other nations to adopt our plan and
abolish the use of alcohol among their
bPoT,\ ?b,na Wa" ??P?*ed, il Te
habit 2T and f?0t by the op,um
nr?ii ? 6V6n heathe? ?na has
practically abolished the ?fle of opium
among her four hundred minion* oj
people, and certainly what China can
do any Christian people can do.
Let us therefore unite our efforts
and our prayers in a supreme endea
world 8h th,S CUr8P f-rom the
STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
A SLOGAN FOB THE MARCH
DRIVE.
By Rev. R. F. Campbell, D. D.
In tho college regattas one of tho
slogans for the crews used to be ?
"A long pull,
A strong pull,
And a pull all together!"
This Is what we need In the drive
the Church Is to make In March to
raise $3,500,000 during the next ec
clesiastical year for the beneficent
causes.
It must be a long pull. Don't
splash the water or "catch a crab,"
but give the oar full sweep at every
pull.
It must be a strong pull. Faint
heart never won a race. It Is "the
laboring oar" that drives the boat
forward to its goal.
It must be "a pull all together."
One slacker in a crow will bring de
feat.
Let us "push off.
And sitting well in order, smite
The sounding furrows."
Let every oarsman do his duty.
And, finally, in it all, let us seek
God's help.
"For oars alone can ne'er prevail
To reach the wished-for coast;
The breath of heaven must swell the
sail,
Or all our toil is lost!"
Asheville, N. C.
SHALL THE PRESBYTERIAN
CHURCH GO OVER THE
TOP?
By Rev. D. P. Wilkinson.
The ABBembly has asked the Church
for $3,500,000 for benevolence dur
ing the year ending April 1, 1920.
Can It be raised? Will it be done?
It surely can be; and it surely will
be If the Presbyterian people of the
Southland are given a fair chance.
Let them hear about the program.
Let them see the need.
Never has there been a time when
Christian people were so willing to
do great and noble things for their
Lord and their fellowmen as now.
Never has there been a time when
they recognized so fully as now the
great truth of stewardship. Nevei
have they felt so deeply as they do
now the responsibility that rests upon
them to give the gospel of Christ to
a bleeding, starving world.
Within the past few years many
great benevolent and humanitarian
enterprises for feeding the hungry,
clothing the naked, And ministering
to the sick and wounded have been
successfully carried out by Christian
people. These schemes have required
much labor, great sacrifices, enormous
gifts of money, but It has all been
done with wonderful cheerfulness.
Christian people are getting accus
tomed to doing large things. The/
love the sensation of "going over the
top." They have successfully equipped
and manned many of the benevolent
and Christian enterprises in connec
tion with the late war. They are now
feeding several million hungry people.
They have quit estimating money by
the thousands, but rather, by the mil
lions. And they meet the demands
gladly. All they require la to be in
formed of the need.
Our Presbyterian people have had
a large and conspicuous part in all
this gigantic work and racriflclal giv
ing. They have had fine schooling,
and now they are ready to carry on
the big things for Christ and his king
dom. All they need are the facte and
the chance to do their part.
All the larg;e evangelical churches
are planning to carry out a large pro
gram for the immediate future. Some
of them are already hard at work.
Shall the Presbyterian Church lag be
hind? Shall she fail while her sister
churches succeed all about her? Sure
ly not.
What is necessary for an easy and
complete success? Give every mem
ber a chance. Tell about the program
for the next year. Tell about the
needs. Tell what others are doing.
Tell him the Presbyterian Church is
depending on him to do his fair share
in carrying out the program. In near
ly every case the response will be
gratifying. Now it is a well known
fact that the Assembly's Stewardship
Committee cannot do this hand to
hand work. Laymen's conventions
will help, but these reach only a few.
Presbyterial conferences will help, but
these do not touch the rank and file.
Literature on the subject will help,
but many will not read it. What is
to be done, then? The pastors of
churches cart do it. He must do it if
It is done. He must instruct his peo
ple on the subject. He must organ
ize and supervise the drive in his con.
gregation. If he will, he can. If any
congregation with a pastor or stated
supply fails to do its fair share in
carrying out the present program,
most of us will have our idea as to
where the blame lies.
Zachary, La.
A PLEA FOR PLAIN BUSINESS IN
CHURCH FINANCE.
Samuel M. Glasgow.
My Money-Duty.
The financial strength of a church
is not what its members own, but
what they will give. We speak of
many churches as rich churches. A
church is as rich as its members are
rich towards God. There is accord
ingly a growing desire on the part of
our membership to know their money
duty; how much they ought to set as
a minimum obligation to the church,
its support and expansion. When the
ministry clearly teach and carefully
practice proportionate giving, with
the Scriptural tithe as a minimum
basis, a great forward step will be
accomplished and order will begin to
take shape from financial chaos in
our Church's life. As a matter of
fact, most thoughtful, practical, Chris
tian business men want to know how
much money obligation they owe. The
tithe Scripturally presented and clear
ly explained standardizes our giving
and steadies our entire Church work.
The Invincible Alliance.
As an illustration of the invincible
alliance of regular and proportionate
giving, the tithe paid through the
weekly envelope, I recently heard of
a church, composed almost exclusive
ly of members of very moderate
means, which on the first Sunday af
ter a six weeks' suspension, due to
the influenza epidemic, received as Its
Sunday offering $652 instead of the
usual sum of $120, more or less. No
frenzied financial gatherings were
necessary in that church to meet an
utterly unprecedented experience. TUe
invincible alliance, faithfully func
tionating under all conditions, ade
quately met their needs.
I^t G<h1's Money Work for Gixl.
There's a parable with a very sol
emn warning about a servant that
misused his Lord's money. When
once the tithing system has been
adopted in a man's heart he views a
tenth of his income as belonging to
God in a real and practical sense.
He is ready therefore to put it into
God's work as it la needed. "Bring
ye the whole tithe into the store
house, that there may be food in my
house, saith Jehovah." Let God's
money work for God. He has en
trusted me with His money to dis
pense it in His work. Day and night,
at home and abroad, wherever God's
children stretch out their hands and
cry to Him for His promised help, let
God's money speed away on work for
God.
Charleston, Wrf Va.
THE SPIRIT OP STEWARDSHIP.
How to Promote It.
By Rev. A. M. Fraser, D. D.
The spirit of our offerings for re
ligion counts for more than the
amount of the offering does. "If
there be first a willing mind, it is
accepted according to that a man
hath and not according to that he
hath not." "The Lord loveth a cheer
ful giver." The proper spirit makes
the offering a greater blessing to the
giver. It makes it more pleasing to
God. It makes it do more good.
Christ taught very plainly that the
widow's two mites had more purchas
ing power than all the large gifts of
the wealthy. In these days the
widow's two mites could buy a tract,
which might bring many souls to
Christ, and in each of these souls it
might multiply itself * hundred-fold,
because each soul might bring other
souls and gifts to Christ. On the
other hand, we can think of many
ways in which a very large sum given
from an improper motive might be
side-tracked and never got anywhere
or do any -good.
It often happens that a busy, pros
perous, public-spirited man, with
strong altruistic impulses, will give
freely and generously to every cause
properly presented to him, but he
waits to be approached and then gives
almost without thinking of it, either
before or after giving. He only asks
whether it be a worthy cause and
how much he is expected to give.
That is not at all a bad thing, but
it is far from being the best thing.
It is so much better to give some
thought to the cause, to think about
it till it has taken hold of the judg
ment and heart and conscience, to
pray over it and then to give delib
erately, intelligently, out of love for
humanity, and especially as an act
of worship toward God. Happy is the
man who can say, "I give this to
Jesus Christ as a token of my devo
tion to him, to whom I owe all things,
and I give it to this particular ob
ject because I believe it will please
and glorify him more if I do so."
Now, how can one best promote
that spirit in his heart? In addition
to other means of grace, he can pro
mote this spirit by deciding to adopt
"a sliding scale" of offerings, instead
of giving a fixed sum every time 01
every year. Let that sliding scale be
regulated by the sliding scale God
uses with us. In nearly all cases
God does use a sliding scale with U9.
He does not adopt a hard and fast
rule to give us the same amount of
blessing every year. Would it not
be a good plan for a man to let hi^,
offerings to God expand or contract
in proportion as God's gifts to him
expand or contract? That would help
to keep him reminded that his means
of living come directly from God. If
he makes little this year, It may be
a hardship to give the fixed sum. If
he makes a large amount the next
year, and still gives the same fixed
sum, he does it so easily that it does
not arrest attention, and there is noth
ing in it to compel him to think of
the Divine Giver of it all. But if he
gives back to God in proportion a*
God gives to him, the very amount
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