Editorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 094:373 (Jan 1937)
Article: Editorials
Author: Anonymous



What will the year of our Lord 1937 bring forth? Neither that class of optimists who rest their opinions on the notion that the common sense resident in man will pull us out of all our difficulties nor the die-hard pessimists who see no possible ray of hope, have an acceptable answer to offer to an intelligent Christian analyst of the trends of thought and movements of the present hour.

The year 1936 passed into history with the usual widespread celebrations of the anniversary of that natal day which changed the calendar and which still makes it possible to write, anno domini, 1937. Amongst devout believers and mere nominal Christians these celebrations ran the gamut from reverent heart devotion for the Savior to paganized pageantry and selfish commercialization of the season, while throughout Christendom the non-Christian populations participated in festivities which ranged from the more decent humanitarian activities to debauched revelry. Cathedral bells and the jungle music of the modern dance were mingled in disharmony, and emblazoned over all in the popular press and many radio speeches was the caption, “The Christmas Spirit.”

Probably never before in our era has there been a more insistent appeal to this so-called Christmas Spirit-good will amongst men-by special pleaders representing movements for religious (not Christian) unity, world peace, and the betterment of social conditions. It often occurs that editors of the secular press possess a keener insight into the sophistries of much of this special pleading than do many religious writers and spokesmen. The following editorial from the Detroit Free Press is a trenchant example of this:

“Lovely But How? Said E. Stanley Jones, evangelist, in delivering an impassioned speech in this city: ‘The time has come for Christians of the world to unite and say, We have decided our allegiance. The State is not God. We

obey only Christ and his teachings. If we do this, wars will be over.’

“There is no dispute about the beauty and desirability of peace. Those nations able and disposed to live in peace during long periods are happy nations, and generally are among the most prosperous at any given period. But while Mr. Jones says that the time is ripe for making a blessed condition of amity universal by having all Christians unite and refuse to fight, he does not say how the feat is to be performed. Suppose we grant for the sake of argument (what is not true) that uncompromising pacifism could be made dominant in the United States and some parts of the British Empire, what about countries such as Germany, Russia, Italy, France, and even Great Britain? How would Mr. Jone...

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