Monday, May 25, 2009

Thomas Smyth on "The Christian in the World"

It is the Christian who truly recognizes the paramount claims of Christ, and who lives in loving obedience to him in his own heart, that will also think and feel and pray and labor and give most for the city, the state, the country, and the world. ...

Christianity provides abundantly, by example, precept, motive, and command, for all the duties of friendship and good neighborhood; for all honor, honesty, and integrity in social life; for all generous liberality, enterprise, and devotions to the public good; for all patriotic services and sacrifices for our country's honor and prosperity.

(The Rev. Thomas Smyth, D. D., Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC. Why Do I Live? New York: American Tract Society, nd, 126-27.)