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T he A merican public woke one morning to discover that a new militant black power organization is demanding five hundred million dollars in “ reparations” for Negroes from white churches and synogogues. This item appeared in the May 2, 1969 edition of the Los Angeles Times. According to the news item, “ the demand included a call to Negroes to seize all religious agen­ cies and hold them in trusteeship until the money is paid. Sit-ins at selected but unspecified Negro and white churches also were ordered.” That five hundred million dollars is only a beginning of the demands of this black organization is quite evident because the manifesto stated, “ Fifteen dollars for every black brother and sister in the United States is only a beginning of the reparations due us as people who have been exploited and degraded, brutalized, killed and persecuted.” One wonders just what our white modernistic ministers who have been so strong for civil rights movements are thinking about now, as they have been witnessing the whole civil rights movement burgeoning into fantastic and utterly absurd extremes in every direction. It is readily recognized, o f course, that the plight of the black man in many instances has been most miserable indeed. But it is equally true that the plight o f many, many white people is also miserable. It is quite true that many black people have not had a fair chance, but this is equally true o f just as many white people as well. It is readily granted that conditions in our beloved land today are far from what they ought to be. There are injustice, inequality, and racial hatred evidenced in many areas of our land, and among too much of our population. However, it is becoming more and more apparent among the saner elements among blacks and whites that there is no easy, simple solution to this terrifically complex situation. Certainly the black militant minority are doing nothing to further the cause of the black segment of our popu­ lation. Well-meaning, but evidently misguided, white administra­ tors have leaned over backward in their endeavor to integrate the black college age young people into the colleges and universities across the land. But evidently these blacks are not yet ready for integration. Instead o f being willing to earn their way into the respect of the educational community, they have taken everything that has been handed them. Without even a word o f thanks, they are now demanding more and yet more for themselves. For example, two days after several hundred black college young people were admitted to the San Fernando State College in Cali-


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fomia, they marched upon the administration and presented a number o f demands which could not possibly be complied with without destroying the whole program o f the college. Fifteen thousand young people were handicapped in their educational pro­ gram by these black militants. The modernistic do-gooder minis­ ters who marched in civil rights demonstrations and very piously proclaimed from their pulpits the need to accept the demands of the blacks, surely must have red faces about now. These militants began by destroying the cities, especially the communities in which they themselves were living. Then they proceeded to destroy quite effectively the educational processes in a number o f the outstand­ ing colleges and universities throughout our land. Now they are beginning to demand a pay-off from the churches. Sunday, May 4, was scheduled for the beginning of the “ seizures and sit-ins” which were to remain in effect until their demands had been granted. These militant leaders are void of reason. Even their demands are totally unreasonable, and they are divided among themselves as to what they actually want. The only thing on which they are united is the effort to destroy the “white establishment.” A few years ago when this black racist movement first started, there were those who sounded out a cry of alarm. But they were hooted down in a wave of white sympathy that was extended to­ ward the blacks. Now more and more people are beginning to realize that these cries o f alarm were far more significant than they were originally thought to be. The chaos caused by the black militants could well nigh overwhelm many sections of the country. This new black organization has already confronted two bishops of the Episcopal Church in the New York area. It is too early, of course, to know what the attitude will be o f denominational lead­ ers who are confronted by these black militants, or what the lead­ ership o f the National Council o f Churches will do when faced by these demands. The first indications are, however, that these religious leaders will be inclined to go along with or even yield to these demands o f the black militants, even as did university presi­ dents and administrators in the universities where the black mili­ tants made their demands. It is too much to hope that these reli­ gious leaders will learn any lessons from the experiences of others. As a result, it appears there are some dark days ahead for those churches which are yet unknown where these militants will strike. Without over-simplifying the mess in which we find ourselves, it is pertinent to call attention once again to the fact that blame must be laid in large measure directly at the door o f the Supreme Court whose decisions in recent years have encouraged, aided and abetted all of this wide-spread damage caused by the black mili­ tants. These militants have no program o f their own. Sometimes they demand total integration ; other times, total segregation. They make outrageous demands simply for the purpose o f causing a confrontation which gives them an excuse to destroy. This leads to the subsequent excuse of calling police who move in to do their duty, all kinds o f filthy and obscene names, and shout to high heaven about “ police brutality!” The television and the other news media must assume a great deal of the responsibility for the con­ tinuing unrest which is all about us. It is very gratifying to these black militant egoists to cause a demonstration at noon, then to go home and see themselves on television in the various newscasts o f the evening. Mention should be made about the vast majority o f our black friends and neighbors who are as shocked as the rest of us over the goings-on o f this element. What a wonderful group o f black friends we have in this beloved land, and how their wel­ fare is threatened by such violence! gj] JULY/AUGUST, 1969

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W h e n P a u l m ade his first and only visit to Athens, the glory had long since departed from that great city. Now a part o f the Roman Empire, it was living in the afterglow of the grandeur that was Greece. It is interesting to study, as Dr. G. Campbell Morgan did, the impression that Athens made on Paul and the impression Paul made on Athens. There was great art in Athens but Paul was not interested in art. There was philosophy but he cared not for philosophy. There was culture but Paul was not attracted by it. The only thing that impressed him was their ignorance o f God. b y D r . V a n c e H a v n e r


never been popular and nobody, in church or out, wants to repent. So there was a mixed reaction and with that I am concerned just now for congrega­ tions today are not very different from Paul’s audience in Athens. Paul’s message was simple and to the point: God “ now commandeth all men to repent: because He hath appointed a day in the which He will judge the world by that man whom He hath or­ dained ; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men in that He hath raised Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30, 31). God has appointed a day. He has ordained a Judge. He has commanded repent­ ance. This is our message today. There were three reactions in Athens and men still react in the same ways. We read that “ some mocked.” They scoffed. Phillips says they laughed outright. We are re­ minded of the invitation to the marriage supper in our Lord’s parable and those who “made light o f it.” Today men make a joke of the judgment day and some ministers deny the resurrection. Miracles are counted myths. We do not have to laugh in the minister’s face or scoff outwardly to mock the message o f the Gospel. When men refuse it or treat it as a matter o f ordinary significance, as though the blood of Christ had no more mean­ ing than the blood o f any other man, they make a mockery of what cost Almighty God His Son and the Son o f God His life. The writer to the Hebrews warns of the judgment due those who tread under foot the Son o f God and count the blood o f the covenant an unholy thing. He goes on to say: “ For we know Him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands o f the living God” (Heb. 10:28-31). There are two sides to the message o f Christ’s death and resurrection. God so loved the world that He gave His Son, but there is another side to that coin. While we behold the Lamb of God in His humiliation, we must remember that one day men will cry for rocks and mountains to fall on them to hide them from the wrath o f that Lamb. When men reject the love of God and the blood o f Christ, they bring themselves under the wrath o f God and His judgment. He that believeth not is condemned already. It IS a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. God has done something for us at Calvary and the empty tomb and we have an obligation to do something about it. When we spurn it and act as though it were beneath our notice and “ treat like dirt” the blood of Christ, we make a mockery o f the Gospel. When haughty men walk out of church, making light of the mes­ sage as though it were the opinion of a preacher, they need to be brought to their senses to learn that they are playing with the lightning of doom fires of hell. No man makes a bigger fool of him-

Paul set a good example o f how a Christian should act in a strange city. It is a far cry from the way many church members behave nowadays when they visit New York or Paris! The idolatry o f Athens stirred in Paul’s heart a violent re­ action, a “ paroxysm,” and he could not be silent in this pagan metropolis where gods were said to be more plentiful than men. Neither should Chris­ tians keep silent today. Some of the Stoics and Epicureans brought Paul to the Areopagus to find out what this “ seed- picker,” this “ cock sparrow” (Phillips), had to say. Paul began his sermon with a point of con­ tact, not a head-on collision, which is always wise procedure. But he soon moved from the concilia­ tory to the controversial. He declared God to be the Father of all men by creation. This is not the present-day Fatherhood o f God heresy so popular in some quarters. Then he moved quickly to pre­ sent Jesus Christ, judgment, the resurrection and repentance. When he got around to repentance, that broke up the meeting and it will do the same today. Plenty of church-goers are willing to listen to philosophy, to general information about God or even an inspirational talk about Jesus Christ, but resurrection means miracle and judgment has



self than when he regards the Gospel as a trivial thing. There was a second response to Paul’s message in Athens. “Others said, We will hear thee again on this matter.” It reminds us o f Felix who spoke of a later convenient season. But at least Felix was under conviction. These Athenians politely deferred action, postponed the matter. They said, “We will hear you later.” But they didn’t hear Paul later. He never returned to Athens. He had no time to waste on a crowd like that. He returned to Lystra where they had dragged him out o f town for dead but the Athenians had had it. Actually they did not defer or postpone for by not deciding FOR Christ they had decided AGAINST Him. We hear men say, “ I haven’t made up my mind about Jesus Christ.” But they have made up their minds AGAINST until they have decided FOR. Our Lord said: “ He that is not with me is against me and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” (Matt. 12:30). There is no neutral ground, no third position. Pilate’s wife advised him to have nothing to do with Jesus. That is impossible advice for we must all do something about Him. If we believe not, we are condemned already. We cannot postpone and defer. We can put off deciding FOR Him but we cannot put off deciding ABOUT Him. There was a third reaction: “Howbeit certain men clave unto him: among the which was Diony­ sius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.” Paul’s ministry in Athens was not a failure. Dionysius was a judge o f the court. A church was begun in Athens that pro­ duced some noted saints in the centuries that fol­ lowed; God’s Word does not return void. I say to every congregation: “ Some o f you may decide and others may delay, but some will decide tonight and repent. I do not know who or where you are but now or later somebody will say: "M y heart has no desire to stay Where doubts arise and fears dismay; Though some may dwell where these abound, My prayer, my aim, Is higher ground.” You are resolved no longer to linger, charmed by the world’s delight. Things that are nobler, things that are higher, these have allured your sight. You will obey God. You may be a Christian out of His will. You may be a sinner who has never trusted Christ. You may never have made the Saviour your Lord. It is wonderful to look over a crowd and know that somebody will pull loose from that crowd and say, “ I will arise and go to Jesus.” They did it at Athens. They have been doing it through the centuries since. Will you be one of those “ others” like Dionysius the man and Damaris the woman who believed? QE 12

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a reasonable and fair standard. The child then has less reason to object to the rules and so has a greater incentive to obey them. Carol was a very energetic child and unrespon­ sive to commands. One day her mother decided she and the child would make a rule about picking up her toys, a job she hated. They talked about when the toys should be picked up and where they should be placed. She finally made the rule that she pick up the toys before mealtime. When toys were put in their place, she could choose a story which her mother would read to her. When once the rules have been set, the de­ mands for reasonable obedience are never relaxed. We shall firmly insist on their being carried out, however difficult it may be for us to do it. “No” will always mean “No.” “Now” will always mean “ now,” not ten minutes later. A child may find that the demands conflict with his personal wishes, but that is not good reason for disobedience. Rules are made for the benefit o f all, not for one person to the exclusion of others. We must be fair as well as consistent in en­ forcing the rules. The child will be happier when he is sure that the rules will be regularly enforced. Then he is certain that only the breaking of known rules will bring clearly defined reactions of dis­ pleasure from father and mother. Yet he knows that they will always bring it. Such consistency helps to bring obedience without argument, tears or rebellion. When rules are broken, action is necessary. Yet this need not be severe punishment. Indeed when children are very young the punishment need not be any more than showing quite briefly that we are displeased with them. At their age they are so de­ pendent on those they love and trust that this action is normally sufficient. Any punishment must fit the offense. One moth­ er writes: “My son flies into sudden passions and screams like a little animal. I then pick him up and dump him in a room on his own. I explain that I can’t stand such a dreadful noise and that he must stay there until he can behave properly. He may not altogether take in my explanation, but he can certainly take in the fact that such behavior re­ sults in his being on his own. He must learn that to be with the family, he must behave as one of them.” If parents insist on their child’s obedience, will they not forfeit their child’s love? In a recent newspaper article, a mother wrote: “ I marvel at the way my husband handles our chil­ dren. He’ll say, ‘If you do that again, you’ll go to your room for two hours and you’ll lose your allowance for a month.’ They mind him, because they know he means it. They think he’s great.” A youngster will not be disheartened by punish­ ment that is reasonable. A youth o f 16 wrote these words: “My dad is a proponent of the ‘pay as you


ience W hen th e mother o f George Washington at­ tended a banquet, she sat beside a distin­ guished French officer. Turning to Washing­ ton’s mother, the officer asked: “ How have you managed to rear such a splendid son?” She replied, “ I taught him to obey.” How good it is to see a child giving a loving obedience to family rules! Teaching children to obey demands great at­ tention and care from parents, for father and mother are learning to instruct as well as teach­ ing obedience. From the day o f the child’s birth, the parents can never take a day’s holiday from teaching their child to obey. No lesson is more vital to the child’s well-being. Setting positive standards o f discipline in the home is vital. Freedom of action is necessary, but unless it has known limits the child will never know when he is going to get hurt. The child who knows that fences have been erected by his par­ ents is happy and contented. Realizing that they have set these fences for his good, because danger exists outside them, will increase his sense o f se­ curity. He is aware that these fences protect him from his own impulsiveness and lack of judgment. As rules are made for the good o f the child, children become concerned when these fences are not erected. One fifteen-year-old girl was left to decide for herself on some important issue. Rather reproachfully she said to her mother: “ It is your job to tell us what to do.” Teaching obedience is to begin soon after the child is bom. Then he will not have the painful task of unlearning disobedience. As a child gets older, parents and children can share in the making of the rules. This will insure




Yet when parents give fair and clear rules, their children will never forget this benefit. Even the most successful person will remember his child­ hood with delight. The well-known theologian, Dr. John Baillie, gives this testimony to his parents’ training. “ I cannot remember a time when my life seemed to be my own to do with as I pleased. From the very beginning its center was not in itself or in me, but outside itself and me. I never supposed that it was merely a case of my father’s or mother’s will being pitted against my will, still less o f their power being pitted against my weakness. I knew they had a right to ask of me what they did, and that I had no right to refuse what they asked. I knew also that they desired it because it was already right. I understood that my parents were under the same constraint that they were so diligently transmitting to me; and I knew that the ultimate source of their authority, this constraint, was God.” We shall simplify our task o f teaching obedi­ ence to our children, by setting them a good ex­ ample. Albert Schweitzer once said that there were three important points to be remembered in bring­ ing up children. They were: example, example, example. It is a tragedy when a child sees that his parents look on authority as a nuisance and some­ thing to be avoided or side-stepped whenever pos­ sible. Before we cross a street, we stop, look and lis­ ten. We cross at the corners of the street and with the light favorable. This begins to instill in a child’s mind the need for doing it this way. We are more likely to influence him to obey rules at school, at home and at church, if he realizes that we are careful never to make any false statements in our returns of income. He is less likely to steal if he finds we always return any excess goods that have been sent to us by mistake. All rules are made in love to the child, for love is the vital element in a child’s life. This is not surprising for all the love that we show comes from our Father. “ Love is o f God” and “ God is love.” Love will bring trust. We obey our doctor’s unpalatable instructions because we trust him. We believe he knows best and that he cares about us. He has put himself out if necessary and has always helped when we have needed him. Similarly, with our children, we are to be warm, friendly and understanding at all times. We shall be prepared to help unravel the homework trou­ bles, to take them swimming at awkward times. Then they will trust us and usually do what we ask. As we see the results of enforcing obedience we shall be glad we insisted on making the rules and seeing they were obeyed. When a child has learned to obey the Lord, civil authority and ourselves, he is a valued mem­ ber of the church as well as of society. He is also a credit to our family. H*1

go’ theory. I have to keep my actions in line or I don’t get any privileges such as an allowance or the right to drive the car. If my dad sounds tough, he is. Furthermore, I’m happy he is tough because I’ve learned to earn my rights and privileges. My dad has never lied to me. I can depend on his word. He is fair.” Punishment is more readily accepted when the child is surrounded by love. Full forgiveness of the offense must follow at the earliest possible moment. As soon as the child repents of his wrong action, we assure him we have forgiven him. Words are underlined by appro­ priate actions, so that he is certain of our forgive­ ness. This forgiveness will include forgetting what took place. We must be careful never to refer to the offense again. In this way we shall imitate the Lord’s forgiveness o f sin and show our chil­ dren what Divine forgiveness means. Knowing that we have laid a sure foundation for our children to obey authority safeguards our peace of mind. Having drilled our children in road safety when we were with them gives us confidence that they will obey the rules when we are not there. Moreover, to obey without question can be a great advantage to a child especially in an emer­ gency. Should the child need an operation in a hospital, he will be required to obey. If he can do this without fuss, he will be less alarmed and bet­ ter prepared for the situation. As parents secure their children’s implicit sub­ mission to their authority, and by such means and influences that it is rendered cheerfully, under a sense of its rightness, peace and joy will follow. Our design in all our teaching and training is that our children should submit themselves to the Lord. Lack of surrender to parental authority makes it hard for the child to surrender to God. Jacob lived a self-centered life in his early years. Later he had to struggle hard to give in to God and submit to His complete authority. When obe­ dience to parents is established as a principle and wrought into a habit in the family circle, surrender to God comes easier. Requiring obedience from children is difficult and can be inconvenient. So some parents become lax in their insistence on discipline. True, parents are not expected to engage in communication that consists only o f “ don’t.” Yet parents who deny their children consistent disci­ pline can also deny them a secure place in adult life. Ineffective discipline will bring waves of pain­ ful results. This defect in his upbringing will seri­ ously handicap the child at school, as well as in his job and in his marriage when he gets older. His misconduct will frustrate his day school and Sun­ day school teachers. He will be unacceptable to all people he meets. They will dislike and blame him, though his parents are the true cause of his mis­ behavior.



If he’s pleasant, he’s a flirt; if he’s not, he’s a grouch. He must make in an instant decisions which w ou ld require months for a lawyer. But . . . If he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with a diagnosis. He must be able to start breath­ ing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued. The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uni­ form and without being “brutal.” If you hit him, he’s a coward; if he hits you, he’s a bully. A policeman must know every­ thing — and not tell. He must know where all the sin is — and not partake. The policeman must, from a single human hair, be able to de­ scribe the crime, the weapon and the criminal—and tell you where the criminal is hiding. But . . . If he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he’s a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn’t, he’s a dullard. The policeman must chase bum leads to a dead end, stake out 10 nights to tag one witness who saw it happen — but refuses to re­ member. He runs files and writes reports until his eyes ache to build a case against some felon who’ll get dealed out by a shameless sharnus or an “ honorable” who isn’t. The policeman must be a min­ ister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy, and a gentleman. And of course he’ll have to be a genius . . . For he’ll have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.


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b y P a u l H a r v e y D o n ’ t c r e d it me with this mon­ grel prose; it has many par­ ents; at least 420,000 of them: Policemen. A policeman is a composite of what all men are, a mingling of saint and sinner, dust and deity. Culled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore in­ stances o f dishonesty and bru­ tality because they are “ news.” What that really means is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace. Buried under the froth is the fact: Less than one-half of 1 per­ cent of policemen misfit that uni­ form. That’s a better average than you’d find among clergymen. What is a policeman made of? He, o f all men, is at once the most needed and the most unwanted. He’s a strangely nameless crea­ ture who is “ sir” to his face and “ fuzz” behind his back. He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences be­ tween individuals so that each will think he won. But . . . If the policeman is neat, he’s conceited; if he’s careless, he’s a bum. JULY/AUGUST, 1969

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