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Thought #020

Civil Reforms

{DA 509.3-4}

The government [and religion] under which Jesus lived was corrupt and oppressive; on every hand were crying abuses,-- extortion, intolerance, and grinding cruelty.

Yet the Saviour attempted no civil reforms.

He attacked no national abuses, nor condemned the national enemies. He did not interfere with the authority or administration of those in power.

He who was our example kept aloof from earthly governments.

Not because He was indifferent to the woes of men, but because the remedy did not lie in merely human and external measures. To be efficient, the cure must reach men individually, and must regenerate the heart. 

Not by the decisions of courts or councils or legislative assemblies, not by the patronage of worldly great men, is the kingdom of Christ established, but by the implanting of Christ's nature in humanity through the work of the Holy Spirit.

"As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12, 13.

Here is the only power that can work the uplifting of mankind.

And the human agency for the accomplishment of this work is the teaching and practicing of the word of God. 

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An example of worldly understanding by ordinary men:

"The respect of the [65th English] regiment for their [Maori] enemies was such that a memorial plaque, with the following inscription, was placed in St John's Church, Te Awamutu [New Zealand]:

THIS TABLET
WAS ERECTED BY THE SOLDIERS of H.M. 65TH REGIMENT
AS A MEMORIAL of The NEW ZEALANDERS WHO FELL IN THE
ACTIONS AT RANGIAOHIA ON THE 21st and 22nd FEBRUARY 1864
AND AT
ORAKAU ON THE 31st MARCH 1st AND 2nd APRIL 1864

I SAY UNTO YOU, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES.

 The above quote was borrowed from

http://hicketypip.tripod.com/history.htm#top_page

 


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