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The Presbyterian of the South : [combining the] Southwestern Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Southern Presbyterian. [volume] (Atlanta, Ga.) 1909-1931, September 07, 1921, Image 1

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on October 2nd, according to the pro
grain of the General Assembly. The obser
vance of this day has proved very helpful in
many ways in the churches and schools where
it lias been observed. Those churches that
have tried it, using due diligence to make it
a success, need not to be told of its value.
Those that have not tried it will never know
how much they have missed until they do try
it. Every school should plant, to observe
Rally Day this year, whether it has ever done
so before or not. The Presbyterian Commit
tee of Publication has prepared an interest
ing and helpful program which can be
adapted to any school. If they have not al
ready been secured the superintendent ought
to see that they are written for at once. They
can be secured in any number that are needed
without cost. Two objects ought to be kept
in mind in preparing for this celebration, the
improving and advancing the interests of the
school itself and making an effort through
contributions and otherwise to aid in the ex
tension of Sunday Schools into communities
where they are not now found. It is said
that there are about 13,000.000 children in the
South, who are not in Sunday School, and
who are practically without any religious in
struction. We can go. to some of these com
munities and carry the Sunday School to them.
We can give to send it to others. We can
pray for all of these millions that they may
be brought into the Sunday School and into
the Chureh.
WISE MEN are asking one another and the
rest of the world, "What is the matter
with onr country?" That something is the
matter no one will question. Murders are of
frequent oecnrrence in all parts of the coun
try. Many otTieers of the law have been shot
down as they have tried to arrest breakers
of the laws, banks are being robbed and
trains are held up, mobs all over the country
have been guilty of lynching, labor strikes
are accompanied with so much disorder and
violence that it is necessary for the civil au
thorities to call on the military authorities
for help in maintaining order and protecting
life and property. It would be interesting to
know how many men have been killed in con
nection with the enforcement of the prohibi
tion law. It seems that every man engaged
in illicit manufacturing or selling of liquor
feels that he has a right to defend himself
against arrest by shooting down the regularly
appointed officers of the law. Two things
are very evident. One is. that there has never
been a time when as many people had lost
their reverence and respect for the law,
whether it be of God or man. The other is
that at no time, when the country was sup
posed to be at peace, have there been as many
people who were willing to take the life of
another. Now the question arises as to what
<an be done about it. It must be answered
by the better elements of the people and
largely by Christian people. They should
begin by a very strict observance of every
law themselves. They should render all pos
sible assistance to the officers of the
law in their efforts to enforce the
laws. They should at all times show their
disapproval of the violation, of law. Ami
they should use all of their powers to cultivate
in others reverence and respect for the law
iiud for the officers of the law. They should
also demand of the courts that violators of
law shall lie properly punished and that no
favoritism shall be shown. Above all Chris
tians should constantly pray that God may
so rule in this country that the laws may be
observed and righteousness be established.
TTE General Assembly, at its last meeting,
adopted a report which recommended :
"That some Sunday in September be observed
as Bible Cause Day, on which a sermon shall
be preached, setting forth the place the pure
Word of God must hold in the life of our
Church and people, and commending the
American Bible Society to their support by
its membership plan, and where the budget
system is not used, an offering to be taken for
this cause." The American Bible Society is
the recognized agency of our Church for
publishing and distributing the "Word of God
in all parts of the world. Since its organiza
tion in 181G. it has distributed over 140,000,
000 volumes of Scripture. Nearly 7,000,000
were furnished soldiers, sailors and marines
during the war. The Bible is now published
in 718 languages. It is also published in
many languages for the blind. A very large
majority of the people of the world could
have the Bible in their own language, if the
means for publishing and distributing it could
be provided. The American Bible Society has
an income of $95,000 from invested funds,
but it needs for ils work this year more than
$1,220,000. Our Church has never taken
seriously the matter of contributing to the
Bible Cause. Last year we gave to this work
$26,099, the largest amount we have ever
given. But this is certainly far from a liberal
gift to such a cause. Every Church should
make a liberal contribution.
STUDENTS will soon be going off to col
lege and boarding bouses. Parents and
pastors and others should find out who is the
pastor of the Presbyterian church which each
student would naturally be expected to at
tend and should write to him at once telling
him that the student is coming. I)o not wait
until after he has been in the school for
several ^e>?ks. lie may lose a great deal in
that time. Let him have a welcome from the
pastor when he first arrives. It would be
well also to give the student a letter of in
troduction to the pastor to take with him.
This will insure the student meeting the pas
tor and will relieve him of whatever diffidence
he may have about introducing himself to a
stranger. The pastor and other members of
the Church should keep in touch with the
students who have gone from the congrega
tion all through the session, through letters,
boxes, books, papers, Church bulletins and
other such things sent them from time to time.
INTEREST in the Bible and its distribution
is shown in a great many ways, and many
efforts are being put forth to increase this
interest. Here is the latest that we have seen
on the subject. The United Presbyterian
says: "An exchange tells of a gigantic Bible,
weighing three-quarters of a ton ? the largest
Bible in the World, carried in a specially de
signed motor car, with an attractive pulpit
and platform as part of the equipment, is a
feature of work soon to appear in England,
it is a part of the publicity program begun
by the Bible Crusade to popularize the Holy
Bible. The great Book is to be carried from
town to town, and meetings held in the
streets, with the pulpit as the speaker's stand.
Aside from the size of the gigantic book is
the fact that every one of the 12,000 texts,
from Genesis to Revelation, will be handwrit
ten and signed by individuals as a testimony
to their faith. Twelve large goat skins were
required for the binding. After this Bible
has toured England, Scotland and Wales, it is
to be shipped to Canada and then to the
United States."
HENRY FORD has attracted much news
paper notice by his wonderful success
in taking an old worn out railroad and in a
few months rehabilitating it, and making a
great success of it. He is paying higher
wages than other roads, and is charging
lower freight rates. Much is said about the
system he has introduced, which has brought
about his wonderful results. One point in
that system has not been specially noticed in
the secular press. It is the fact that he does not
allow any work to be done on the Sabbath
day, except what is actually necessary, ami
he is planning to make material reductions in
the amount of what some people call neces
sary work. We wonder whether other people
could not make a success of railroad manage
ment, if they observe God's fundamental law,
which forbids work on the Sabbath.
recently in a public address: "We would
have won the war if the German people on both
sides of the Reichsborder could have been per
suaded to practice total abstinence." Whether
this Ih* true or not, it is very certain that many
thousands of men were killed because of al
cohol. Many of those who were wounded or dis
eased failed to recover because their constitu
tions were undermined by the previous use of
alcohol. That there is need for a prohibition
movement in Austria is shown by a further
statement of the President, Austria has been
reduced in population to about 6,000,000 peo
ple. Its condition financially and industrially
has lieen worse than that of any other country
in Europe, with the possible exception of Rus
sia. There -has been a constant cry to other
nations to come to the help of the Austrians to
prevent their starving. It looks as though
there would not bo such need for outside as
sistance if prohibition were in force in that
country. President Iloinrich stated that Aus
tria, with all of its poverty, is importing $1,
000,000,000 worth of wine a year.

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