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Is there any word that can mean as much to a war cursed and strife riven world? During four and a half years more than a score of na tions had been engaged in the most gigantic struggle that this world has ever known. Nearly every nation of any size on the face of the earth was engaged in the titanic conflict. One side was fighting on its own confession for world dominion, the other for the maintenance of freedom and liberty, and the right of t lie peoples of the world to rule themselves. Enough lives have been lost to have fur nished the male population and a large part of the female population of a large country. Enough more have been maimed or left widows and orphans to populate a larger country still. Treasure has been expended which was ecpial to the entire wealth of almost any one of the great countries of the world. Lands have been desolated. Homes have been destroyed. Lives have been blighted. Families have been broken up. "Widows have been made. Children have been left father less. Multitudes have suffered untold ago nies. For nearly eight months the representatives of the Allied Nations have been working over the terms to be imposed upon the conquered nations, who were responsible for all this dis tress. When it was remembered that there were more than a score of nations, some large and some small, who were to take part in the decisions io be reached, there was grave fear in the minds of many thoughtful ones that these nations would not come to any harmo nious agreement. This feeling was due to the fact that each of these nations nad its own claims, which it desired to insert in the terms of settlement. Sometimes it seemed as though it were impossible to prevent disagreement in the Council of the Nations. Hut differences of opinion were overcome or laid aside. With wonderful unanimity the final decision was reached. Some people feel that they have not secured all they ought to have had, but all are rejoic ing that terms have been agreed upon, so far as Germany, the greatest of the enemy nations, is concerned, and that they have been signed. The world generally admits that this agree ment was arrived at, notwithstanding all the difficulties und differences, because of the lead ership of a great statesman. It is universally conceded that President Wilson was the most influential man in the Peace Council. This was due to his own inherent ability and to the fact that he represented the most powerful nation among the Allies, but it was also due to the fact that this country made no territorial or indemnity claims against Germany. We fought for a great principle and we expect to pay our own bills. Now that the peace terms have been signed a new era has begun for all the nations con cerned. The armies will, to a large extent, be demobilized. The soldiers will return home to aid in the great reconstruction work of undo ing, as far as possible, the evils wrought by war, and of building up to greater prosperity the countries for which they have fought. A great responsibility rests upon the victo rious countries, and the way in which these re sponsibilities are met will largely ;decide whether the war for freedom has been fought in vain or not. Every man and every woman in each of these countries ought to exert them selves to the utmost to build up their countries upon a strong and firm foundation of right eousness, and to use their best endeavors to see that the cause of righteousness is extended throughout the world. When Alvin York, the young Tennesseean, who has been pronounced the greatest hero of t lie war, was being praised for his wonderful accomplishments he said: "I did not do any thing. It was God who did it. It was not the Allies who won the war. God won it." And he was" right. Let us, therefore, thank God for what has been accomplished, and let us look to Him for help and guidance for ourselves and our Allies, until we have accomplished all that lie has given us to do in bringing complete peace to all the world. The treaty signed by the Allies and Germany and those to be made with the other nations will mean a great ueal, if we try faithfully to do God's will in nil things, or failing in this they will amount to nothing. It behooves this country to take the lead in establishing righteousness within our own bor ders and then to use its great resources in aid ing the other nations to accomplish the same end. Our responsibilities are great. Our re sources are great. Our God is great. . INERTIA. "Webster's Dictionary defines this peculiar ity of nature as a property by which mat ter when at rest tends to remain so, or when in motion, goes in the same direction un less acted on by other forces. It is a force to be reckoned with. It is called vis inertiae. Most of the inventive genius of the world spends its time and effort in overcoming this. If it could be completely overcome, perpetual motion would be easily accomplished. The highest seat of inertia is the Church. Here it reigns undisturbed. This is not the secret of the Church being always behind the day. The Church is not conservative. It ought to be. It is inert. It tends to remain just where it is or, if started, does not know how to change its direction. This quality, or lack of quality, is often excused under the plea of conservatism. To be conservative is praise worthy. Anything that keeps the good, is good in itself. Conservation is the secret of all progress. It is progress. America, by denying herself, eon served the food supply of the world. She re fused to eat as much wheat bread as she did in normal times and by conserving a slice from every loaf actually progressed. Inertia would have eaten exactly as much bread, and of ex actly the same kind, as before, tending to re main in the same position. So conservatism and inertia are not the same by any means. In fact they arc mutually impossible at the same time. It is praiseworthy to be conservative ; it is anything else to be inert. We wonder if much of "the stand-})attism" of the Church is not sheer inertia, though cxcused as conservatism. Sometimes it is confounded with "loyalty to the fundamentals." But does not the knowl edge of these great and unchangeable truths but bid us go 011? "Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ," is the urgent command of the apos tle. The holding to the fundamentals does not mean we are not to progress in the evergrow ing knowledge of their greatness, and up the altar stairs of truth we are to go 011 to perfec tion. We may hold the doctrine of election, but docs any one claim to have fathomed the depths of this gracious doctrine? Is the atone ment exhausted by simply holding loyally the orthodox view, or may there not be many views as we progress by the guidance of the Spirit more and more into the splendid palace of this heavenly truth? Loyalty to the fundamentals means we ouglit to search out their deepest truths and express in our lives their greatest graces. We cer tainly cannot do that by being and remaining inert. There is a vitality in truth itself that compels us to go on. Sometimes Church inertia especially is con founded with reverence for our forefathers. "What was good enough for them is good enough for us." "What made such saints and heroes of the gospel out of them will do as much for us." "If I can only be as good as my mother was I shall be satisfied." Such statements meet us on every side. We should respect and revere our fathers. No quality is more admirable than this, but respect for them would not lead us to live with the inconveniences that they had to live under, but to act now, as they would act if they were living in this day, and under these circum stances. Because they had to come to church in oxcarts is no reason why they would not use an automobile today; because they wore out their eyes over tallow dips is no reason why they would not switch on the electric light now. All progress woidd stop and America would become Ghinaized. In fact they had, and used the best of their day, and a regard for them and an imitation of them, will lead us to get and use the best in ours. Is not the most serious danger to our Church now, not a rash and headlong progress, but a dull inertia? That methods of teaching have improved greatly no one will deny. Pedagogy is a modern art. We have applied the well known and tested principles to public and pri vate schools, and their worth has been demon strated. But it seems impossible to get these principles applied to the Sunday-school. The consequence is the average Sunday-school is inert, and the boy and girl will make painful comparisons with the teaching in the public school to the lastjng damage of the Sunday sehool. The methods of business have greatly im proved. No firm woidd do business with the same system as they did a generation ago. Ad vertising, consolidation of overlapping agen cies, enlistment of every one, attention to de tails, and other methods unknown to the fath ers have brought millions to the business world. The Church has a business side, too. But in the main we are content with the method of a generation past. It ought to advertise. With the best goods in the world it hides its light continually under a bushel. It ought to con solidate its agencies and elicit the gifts and prayers of every individual in the Church, and, above all, by attention to minor details keep the Lord's business up to the day. After all is it not inertia that keeps men out of the kingdom of heaven? A young ruler used to a luxurious living was unwilling to break away and sell afl that he had and follow Jesus. Another man was unwilling to forego the lengthy funeral obsequies of his father and lost his soul. Inertia has dulled the voice of conscience and men go with the multitude to do evil. To have the Spirit means to be alive. To live means casting off the trammels of inertia, for inertia is the foretaste of death. A. A. L. Much has been given to us, and much will rightfully be expected of us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither. Toward all other nations, large and small, our attitude must be one of cordial and sincere friendship. ? Theodore Roosevelt.