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The Presbyterian of the South
VOL. 94. ? RICHMOND, VA., FEBRUARY 18, 1920. No. 7 Cbitorial JioteiS an'>?* Stewardship is the recognition of the fact that all that we have and all that we are belong to God. It is hard for some of ns to grasp that idea. We like to talk about ''my land, my houses, my money, my time, my abilities,, my work." We forget entirely that where we have gained anything through our ef forts, it has been l>ecause God has given us the opportunity and the ability to do so. The steward should hold and use whatever he has in his possession subject to the will of the owner, and he should use for himself only that which will tit and equip him best for performing the duties of his stewardship. When the Christian once gets this idea into mind, there will be no difficulty for him to decide what he ought to do or to give for the service of God. It will not Ik? a question with him as to whether he can use a part of the Sabbath for himself, but the question will be whether he needs all of the other six days for himself, and whether he cannot and ought not to use at least a ]>art of them for the special service of the Master. He will use all of his time so as best to advance the Master's interests that have been entrusted into his hands. It will not be a question whether he will give one tenth of bis income for the service of God, but whether it is necessary to spend the other nine tenths on himself. Indeed he will hold all his possessions subject to the needs of God's work. A man own a horse which he expects to work for him. He provides him food, shelter, care and rest, if he is a wise man, so that he will be best fitted to render his best service. So God expects every one to use what is necessary of ?what He gives him to put and keep him in the best condition for his work. God does not expect a man to deprive himself of food to such an extent that he' will be physically weakened in order that he may give something into the Lord's treasury. The service of a strong body is worth moro than the money saved through weakening the body. But if a man can keep his body in good condition on simple food, he has no right to buy costly food and then say he has nothing to give to God. This same principle should ap ply in all of our expenditures of that which God has given, whether it be money or time or talents. + + + STEWARDSHIP of life is one of the most important subjects to which a Christian can give consideration. A man's life is of far more importance than his money. It should be used for God's glory and for the advancing of the interests of God's kingdom. There is many a church which has little difficulty in raising the money that it needs, and yet has great dif ficulty in securing workers to do the work that is needed. They have difficulty in getting t^pchers for the Sunday school and leaders in church work. It is hard to find those who will lead in prayer or who will conduct a prayer meeting or a mission Sunday school. Those who will do personal work in bringing others to church or in winning them to Christ are very scarce indeed. Workers of all kinds are very much needed. Christians should give this matter earnest consideration, and parents should train their children in this important matter. Many of the young people are needed to give their whole lives to the service of the Master. + + + A CHURCH PAPER IN EVERY HOME This is one of the goals set by our Sys tematic Beneficence and Stewardship Com mittee and adopted by the General Assembly. The week of March 7-14 has been set apart as the time to present this subject to the churches. Pastors and sessions have been asked to impress upon their people the importance of taking a church paper, and to take such steps as may be necessary to put the paper into the largest number of homes possible. We hope sincerely this will l>e done. It will mean more to the spiritual life, to the awakening of interest in the work of the Church, to the quickening of the activity and liberality of the members, than almost any thing else that can bo done. The readers of the church papers are the active, earnest, liberal members of the congregations. A business man said to us recently: "If you will put The Presbyterian of Hie Mouth into the homes of all the people, you will solve all the church problems." He said this because this paper stands for the fundamen tal doctrines of the Christian religion as held by the Southern Presbyterian Church; be " cause it carries each week to its readers mes sages of information about the work of the Church in this i\nd other lands; because its editors and other writers discuss all of the important questions before the Church; be cause it provides spiritual food and inspira tion for each member of tho family, from the little child in its mother's lap to the saint whose head has been whitened by the snows of many winters, but whose heart is blooming with the flowers of many summers. It is earnestly hoped that pastors and ses sions will do all they can to advance the work in their churches by introducing the paper into as many new homes as possible. Th e Presbyterian of the Mouth is co-operat ing in the effort to reach the Assembly's goal in two very practical ways: 1. The subscription price of this paper has not been raised, notwithstanding the greatly increased cost of publishing it. It is only $2. This is less than the price of any other church paper of its class that we know of. 2. To any church, which, through any agency it may employ, will make a canvass of its congregation, a commission of $1 will be given for each new subscriber sent us. This offer applies only to new subscribers, into whose homes this paper is not now going, and it is made with the understanding that the full subscription price of $2 be paid for the paper for one year. This offer is limited to March 31st. SUNDAY'S sanctity is attacked in many ways. Just now it is being attacked through the legislature of this State. \ irginia has a most excellent law and in many parts of the State it is well enforced. But an active effort is being made in the legislature now in session to amend the law, so as to weaken it. A bill now before that body proposes to give to city and town authorities the right to say whether the law shall be so modified for their communities as to allow the sale on Sunday of soft drinks, ice cream, aud tobacco and gasoline. This will mean, in the first place, that the light for the maintenance of the law will have to be carried into every city and town in the State, and that it will have to be kept up at every election to sec that councils are chosen which will not amend the law. And every one who stops to think must realize that this is only an entering wedge, and it is a part of a general effort all over the country to break down the sanctity of the Lord's day. It applies in the present form only to cities and towns, but coun try districts will undoubtedly feel the effects of it also. We urge every lover of the Sabbath to write or telegraph at once to the represen tatives and senator from his distriet to vote against tl;at bill. Let each one get as many others to write as possible. The time is short and no effort should be spared to show to the mem bers of the legislature that the sentiment of this State is cjearly against any effort towards giv-o ing us a ''continental Sunday." Act at once. + + + 3, INDECENCY and the resulting immorality j have never been so noticeable as at the pres-7 ent time in this country. The morals of both men and women, to say nothing of their spirit uality are being undermined at a fearful rate. An exchange, speaking of this subject says: "The newspapers featured a certain actress some weeks ago, who, upon the stage, before an immense audience of supposedly decent people, disrobed herself and stood there to the lasting disgrace of her sex. This morning we were told that at one of the very exclusive resorts the fash ionable women had an Atiam and Eve play in which the nude and near-nude was the chief feature. Everywhere we are met with this car nival of indecency, the exposure of the person being so common as almost to fail to attract at tention. Is it not about time for the great women of the world who yet respect the laws of decency and virtue to band together and call a halt upon this orgy of impure suggestion which must, in the end, produce immorality and heartbreak ?" This condition of affairs has not. come upon this country suddenly. It has crept upon it with silent, stealthy, yet swift moving feet. Unless Christians put a stop to it, no one knows tp what excess it may go. It is just an illustration of the familiar saying of the poet : 4,\ iee is a monster of such hideous mien, To be despised needs but to be seen ; But seen too oft, familiar with its faco, We first endure, then pity, then embrace."