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PEOPLE'S VINDICATOR. NATCIITOCHES, LA., OCTOBER 19TH, 1878. erImo bj the Rev. T. J. Hough. livered last Sabbath in the Protestant Church in this City. Reader therefore unto Casar the things Jat are Casar's; and onto God the sings that are God's. Mathew 22-21. It is a question of great delicacy how hr the discussion of civil and socnlar af khis should enter into the ministrations of the Pulpit, and to settle this q es iion we have had recourse to the examn pies of Christ and his Apostles, believing that their examples were intended as patterns for us. St. Paul speaking on the subject of duties to (Goverinment says, "Let every soul be subj.ct iunto the higher powrrs, for there is no power but of Godl ; the powers that be are or dained of .God; for rulers are not a ter rr to good works, hut evil"-and Christ says in the language of our text, "Ren der therefore under Csar the things that are Caesar's," or in other words render nnto the government under which you live and which protects you the things that are due to that government. The christian man in the discharge of his political, or other ditties, desires to lie governed hI the Apostle's injunction, 1 "whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the namne of the Iord ,Jesus." This direction is broad and comprehensive, and there is no danger of error so long as we adheret to ti is admonition. But the christinn muan of to-day tinds the same ditticulty in arriving at a satisfac tory conclusion as to his duty, that the citizens of Elphesus did whenl St. Paul created lich an excitemenut on account of their Idolatrous worship, he told them that "'T'hey were no Glls which were made with hinds," "and when they heard these sayings they were lull of wrath, and cried out saying, t(iatr is Dianna of the Ephesians." Some therefore, cried one thing and sonime aother, for the as semuhly was confused; and the nout part knew not whereof they were called to gether." That crowd at Ephesus was very much like monme of our modlern Po litical Colnventions. solle metl cry out for one Ini Nsure and snse for another, Ulntil thel assemibly beroimes confiused, antl the greater part of thetm know iot wlhereof they have' Ireen called togethplr. And then look at the varios shackds of po~!itical oplinions, all adhered to with eqlual zeal, we have Democrats and Re lublietnsa, Natilnils idi Greenbackers, Laboringneie and Coinimiaists. all with their rasndid;tes ill the field at one point or another. a.nd their orators on the ros trhun. They have 9s mauny dtlferenut niews of political .oionloy as there are parties. ec'h main it:iting his proposition itu11d delnllllcing all othler itllovemnlOts Noa. amiied this nmais of apparert con. fusion, we ask prayerfully for divine guidance as to our duty as citizens, and in this, as all other umatters, the will of God should he I hoe rule of action We se'e that our text contains its own natural divisions. 1st. Our dulty to our government. 2nd, Our duty to God. We shall distcuss the text in the order presented ; and let us speak first of our political duties. The leading doctrine of scripture is that.gouernmuent is an ordinance of God, it was manifestly his will that men should live in society, the laws lie has given to men prescitihing their relative duties, as se the permanent existence of social ations, and therefore place them no r regulatioin, from this fact the-divine a pointment of government flows as a eeessary consequence The origin of ower is not therefoie froim man, but of 'od. It is not left as a choice to men hether they will anuhmit'to be governed r not, "snhi,mit yourself to every ordi nance of man for the Lord's sake," says the Apostle. Human government exists as a neces sarY evil, it would never have been es tablished but for nsin. Human govern ment in estallishled for the purposo of protecting life, liberty, property ajd reputaltion. The pireanmble to the Qn stitution of the United States beautifully sete forth the purposes of our laws. It says, "We, the people of the United States, in order to form a lmore perfeet Union. establish jn tice, ensure domtestic tranquility, provide for the conunon de fence, promote the' general welfare, andl to secure the blessings of liberty to our selves and to our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." But if all were christians in truth, and indeed, if all had the mind and spirit of Christ, no one wouldl desire to take anothers lift', or infringe on aml.tlhers lilºerty, or endelavor nunjustly to obtain another man'11s proper ty, or to blast the reputation of any individual. It all were christians these expells"ve govertnllenlts n11itained y the outlay of mullions of dollars, and maintaining thousands of idlers in of fire, would be abolished, for they would have 110o mIalln life, liberty, property or reputation to protect. Prisons would be unheard of. N, maore taxes wounl ie exacted, and the millions of dollars that annually flow into our Treasury from taxation would remain at holue to beau tify and adorn our preumises. school hous es, colleges and churches would he built and maintained: we would see n1o more armies marshalled out to shoot (townl human beings like wild beast of the forest; the sword would he beaten into the plow share ; our tabernacles would be crowded on the Sabbaths by happy worshippers, sinting and praising God, and earth would again be an Eden. Blt this wickedness shuts out this glorious reign of peace from our borders at pres ent, and hlman governments with tlleir strong anrms must exist and hle llainltlll, ed, and no christian can sit idly by :,I'ld not perform his share of duty in sup porting his govrnment. We enquire then what are our duties as christian citizens towards our govern ment, remelmberilng always that the claims of God's Kingdom should stand first in all our planes and efuirts; that a sense of accouzntlability to hiln should coltrole us in the discharge of all onr civ I duties; and that we should acknowl edge the suplremacy of his word as our rule of action; with these thoughts in view let us examine specially oar duties. First: Submission to the civil alt thorities and obedience to the laws, is all nperative duty devolving upon eve. ry citizen. On this subject St. Paul says, "Let every man be subject to the higher powers, for there is no power but of Goed. the powers that be, are ordained of Gual." Obedience to the *.uthority of civil rulers here inculcated iby the Apostle, are ren dered imperative by two considleratioels, first: without this obedience there ran Iw no civil governiment, and civil gov ernnlent s in essential to good society Second: civil governmenitl since tte fall of 1man1 is of God, hence, according to this general principal, he that resisteth civil authority resisteth the ordinance of God. Patriotism or love of coutntry is ex f pecta' of every citizen, the saute iat ral tie tIhat binds to the love of ttnlily. n kindrledt and1 holne, original ies the oblign tiant :111d suggests the inpnlnes n of ltuati otisnm, how dleep a:l n;d Vly was thisil feeling in the heart of the exiled Jiew. "If I forget thee, O. .Jeirnalem,. let my r right hand forget her cunniing. If If do r not renembller thee, let liy tonlget cleave to the roof of mny mouth; if I prefer nor Jerusaletu above tmy chief joy." lie is hot a true man muche less at trte chlris tii `1 whose solll is so dead to the gee tolls enotions that lik Ius to kindred Sand birth-place as never to, exclaim, "this is mny own tny native land." If Paul looking back from the world wide scene d4 his Apostolic labors to his hio: in S'arsus, could say with evident satikfae tiof , "1 Iam a citizen of no mean city." How much more msia we glory int this u beautiful, fertile, pleasant heritage whichl it the Ged of the w hole earth has giveln us. - Patriotism is mtlanifetsted by doing all 1in our power to sustain our institutions antd promote the prosperity of our com mon cotlntry. This reqnires of us, Ist, to give our ipural sllpport to ollr govern mert. Let us point with piride to onr free and( inde(pendent constitutionall form of government, withl its broad principles of Justice, equity and peace: with its free s spebach, free press. freo, religion ; with its eective franchise; with its vast mea ehinery of Legislative, Executive and .Jlricial departmielnts of governmenllt, giving us wholenome lawn; just jndg mllelits, and strict execution of the Naiime. In the heat. of jtIsionl we llay conlldemnll onllr glerulllllllt bit Who Wlt illI excilhange ,ur Presidency fir an Empn ror or ia Czar, not one who reveres the namie of a Washington a Jefferson or anl Adams, nlle of our early statesnmen said 'the time will coame when thile proudest exclanla tion of nman will Ie, I am an Americanl." 2nd. It is our lduty tio 'onitribuite our means towards the support of our gov ernmelllnt. The Apostle says, "For this cause paity ye tribuilte also, rendei r there fore to all their dulies tributle to whlomr tribute is dale. llustomll to whomxi cilstoIl is dlaie." Now that our revenuellles are honestly accouaanted for it should be a pleasure for our citiztns to contribute their share of the public expense. andll thereby Ilaintain the gioveriiinment that affords thlemn protection ; the wheels of governmleln llt is on, our Legislative, Executive anlld Judicial De)partments llllnst be kept upill, ior we will at onlle siuk into a state of barlarismn. Let it Iei knowIn to-day, that no more taxes are, to Ibe paid in thle Unllited Stat.s, andl thait consequently lno more laws are to he IlaltM , or thotse We IoW have eiliatitrced( for tihe walnt of Officials, Iyou Ily rest as snired that before anothelr Sabbihlath rolls airound you woull inot own a dollaill4 worth of plrolperty, sor lie irotected in your person, It e man that conlid raise the largest. hIanld of desperiadoes woIlld pu ess the greatest amounlllt of prloperty ; you wolllil lie aiordered froml your homlles, and iphysical force would be itsel inlsteadl of the nildl remedy of the civil law. Let every moani then cheerfully pay taxes and thIrehy "Renlider unto Caswar the things that aire Casar's." 3rd. It, is our duty to register and v',te, for these are the means ordhaiined lby oullr laws wherlbhy we may select suitablle andl worthy rulers. , Men living in such a government as this are lhoilld by their duty to Goal anld to Iliilni, to rendler its civil instititiolns a hearty piersolnal sup iprt ; and that, by niot onlly conltrilbutinl their legal share towards the e!xpens~es of the State-, but by exercising all thoIse plrivilegaes throulgh which the citizen lmay dire-ct the governmlledat. The mlolie we reftrlec uponll this point., the Ilmore we are satisfiedl that. it is thei solemnll duty of every miaan who eljoys the plrotection of our laswn. to exerci I his righti to vote for thlose who maIlke tandai excaalute theall the relatiollna betweeln ls and the state is as divine anId sacred as the relation be twelen the prllent andl child. The elec tive tifranhise is n li lent comilllitted to us, anlld thei christian should lhe Ile lanst tilain to hury it. Thlereforei, let every christianll geltlimaniil, whetlher in the pulpit tr the plew, regist er anlld vole fr that party which secures to us the strongest govern lllllt lld the limost hoilerist admlliinist ra tioll of pillilic attairs; hlarn wliat party molt s itirlifctorily accolnts fior the pllb lic revenuellet, and aftirfls Is t1he mIlost stal Ile governmeniit, iand vote with theta aund for themlli. nspliraltionl givsn us the safest. giiuide at the Iallot hix. "'Moreover, thou shalt providle out of all the people. able men, such as fear Godl, meil of truth. h ting covetoiilSanes, anld plilace such. 'over' themn, and let t Ihemli judllge the pe1oiple at all sellaslons." Let. this athnonitiolln be engrafted into elvery platform anld strictr ly :adheallredal to, and our political strife 14 will he alit an enld. 4th. It is lthe duty of the christian ci'izen to responld to his countries call for arnns. lDoe-s a foreign foe invade olll shorels i let tlhe freemenatal of Almerica crolwd the tenteld tields, plid lailunchl* I ship of war, and wave the bannler oft' ur cul.ntry on to vi.cotry. Have we domes tic troublels such :Is hullluan wisdlol has lieelin unable to legislate iagaiinst I let us ever lie readily to lirotect our honmes by a rapidal iresponse to the call of our coolest, abllest, anlld he Istlen, and protect the ldol Inletic peace. No man canll be a chrihtialn anld Ilot love, holnlor anid isupplort thle coullntry of his nit tivity, or adtllptionl. Plhyu lautllarophy or itriOtislm does Ilt I'itraceL tile vciuis of the iani who refilses to ireslIilnd to the ilrgeit aiad just daleilalles of Ilis, coulliltr. i Therelfore, hIlt ilugivc thelir nIirall sup port t+) the government pay taxes-reg isterand vote-and defend the ucaintri -and then will they have carried out the teaching of our text, "Render there. tore unto Ca'sar thbe things that are Caesar's." But the duty etl.joined of its in the text does not stop here we arte told in plair terms to "Render unito God the things that are God's :' perhaps the carnal mine would be inclined to cease mediating or this portion of scripture when we were. througeeh with our division, that pertaine. to civil and political duties, but y -u will please, hear in mind that when you have, discharged every possible duty as a citi zen to your goverunment, that you have complied with hut one' half cf your dnit. 'Render nuto Go-I the things that are God's." Int. By giving our moral support to, the institntions of christianity, and to all the Ministers annd Churches of God. regardless of creed or sect." Let us be ever ready and posted to maintain and detendl the geneLral d.,etrinens of chris 1ianity. 2nd.i By supporting the institutions of chris tianity with ocur nicais. God has eonstituted4 cni his Stewards, what we have control of is not our owi, we. only have the luse of it tier a fee days, we cfannot carryv an property into the to, ire- world. acll these landis atld housea anti this mney)e belongs to God. Man has gone tee work with his strong areai and brilliant. intel el:t, and unlocked the gold cavernll in the heart of thel nmounltains. and dragged thile shininin pearls andt di:llclondls frome the boseone of the great deltep. anld whein he' isn alled on tfol funde ito spport theC ilstittiellns ordained by tc.he God that made the gold, pearls and diaetcands. it ill bec.nes hinm to say that he has none toe spare., for all hie has belonse to the Gotd that onlly asks for a small part of it. Malachi says: "Y' have rebbed me, even this whole nation. '.bring ye all the tithe.s into the store house, that. there may be meat in mine hollll e, aindl prove mle now herewith saith the .erd of hlets, if I will not open to rte te windows- of I-Heaven and pour you out a blessing, that theree hhalt ,Ilnt he rom-ln enoegh to receive it." Thus Goer ta'lilenges the nations to support his instilt tlleens. ind looik lter great blesiings. 3rd. By actively enljoying in his service Ilhe Kings uecsiniess require haste." "It is a gecdl thing to be zealoutsly affecrted always in lis cause. " The world is actively enegaged inl its tempo.ral affairs the nmerchant, tile lawyer, the. sattesmlaunu. exhibit a lnever ceasingl activity. but ihow mucI h emore cho1ild we be interested and artlive in a matter which pertains to the salvhation of olur pre-ciocs i cmmortal Holils. 4th. We are also required by God's law te repent of our sinls. to have faith in our Lord Jlesus Christ, and to lead a life of holinens, walking in all the coemmnandmnents and ordi. nalices of the Lord, blameless. Now. whcen we have this rendered our dulty to Giod, by "lendering unto CIsar ,11e the hings that are I'rs .r a. and unto God the thinlgs that are Gd l'.e" or in other wordsl. when as chris tinlt citizens, we have discharged every known druty to our countiry ,, nd as lovers of llr maker lhave discharged all our duties to Godc thenl shall we be happy as individuals, and blessed as a nation. We will then be in a aitu at ionl to delvelope th ie rich remoulcres of our coun try. anti the spreld:lieng institutions of the gos pel will continue to gather the silver and fold, anid cattlet, fronm a tlhousand ills into Grod'a treascrvy, and it will not he long before com merce herself sheall be transformed into an a.n gel of the nations. spreadineli her whfte wings as the beacoln of hope. on every shore, dispens ing the light of christian civilization from polo te pole. I.et ius hay on (God'c .ther this Sablbath morn ilng a heart melted with I4gratitude for past hies sings, and wartm with hotpe feit the future, M, shall we best render unllto God the things that are God's., and we shall be prepared, amid the iHlunties of his providelnce to "Render unto Cawsanr the things tihat arle Cesar's." The Choice. The indepetlndllt illc'tllent 'hitA clme to II head. It wasil all alongll centered lon the shleriffs ollice alI1( tlH outIcmcie is, as we pledictedi B-etlouli ! Are Ihe white Ilen in this paIrisl prepat-red to elect clthit ? We feel we are insulting themil in asking such a qllestion. Yet lie is tile choice when youell step Iueytond the ticket nmIl ntilted by t he d.leorratic conv ention. Eve'ry ionle whgo talks of independenta works for Bollt, acid every one who scltatces his ticket ocr votes for any otlher llilan thllil l)toblieut , votes ftu Boullllt. There is tio tscalpinlg lthat fitct, and we kltolw tllnt no lvwhie mnan watlltS lthal.