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Home The Light Articles from 2009 The Secular and the Spiritual

The Secular and the Spiritual

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On July 4th, 133 years ago, brother James Garfield, President of the United States of America observed, "Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the charac­ter of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness,   and   corruption."   His words were from a secular perspective, of matters that worldly people involve themselves in.
The membership of the church is made up of aliens, foreigners-we are strangers and pilgrims on earthly soil. We are not entangled in political things. While our friends and neighbors are involved with such as President Garfield names, the Christian obliga­tion is, rather, to the church, and our concerns are directed to those in influ­ence among our people. To para­phrase the president, "If our preachers or the body of leadership in the church be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption." To save our people, every decision of congre­gational leadership must be founded upon the fundamental expectation of Jesus, that he demands the church be without "spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Eph. 5:27).


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