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They burned their wagons to reach California When the Jayhawkers’ wagon train reached D ea th Valley in D ecem ber, 1849, they found the mountains ahead too rugged to cross. So there in that h o t desert valley b etw een the
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IN CHRIST IS LIFE — When God Calls You ................ ............... 9 A CHOICE OF A LIFETIME — Clyde M. Narramore ........................... 10 THE CASE FOR MARRIED HAPPINESS — Betty Bruechert .............. 13 HOW TO TELL A FALSE RELIGION — Cults, Port 9 — Richard C. Halverson ................................... ......................................... 16 THE NAMING OF A STREET— Photo story ............... .......................... 19 THE TRI-C STORY — John Stevens Kerr .............................................. 20 ALL-AMERICANS AND THE GOSPEL — Photo story .......................... 48 FEATURES UNDER THE PARSONAGE ROOF — Althea S. Miller ..... ...... 4 FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK ........................... ........ ........................... 5 READER REACTION ...... ........................... ..... ................... 6 PEOPLE — A monthly column of names in the news ............................. 7 WORLD NEWSGRAMS — James O. Henry ........... ......... ................ . 22 OUT OF THE LAB — Donald S. Robertson ................................. ......... 23 WORDS FROM THE WORD — Charles L. Feinberg ............................. 24
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In the Habit ¥|ear Lord, bless the food; thank II Thee for it. Heal our Bob and make Albert’s leg better; for Jesus’ sake, Amen.” “ Paul Kent, you’re not doing- very much thinking any more when you ask the blessing on our meals. It’s alright to ask God to completely heal Bob, but that should be done at other times in the day when you pray. Albert’s leg has been mended over a year. If he heard you pray for his leg to get better I’m afraid he’d, think you don’t believe God answers prayer.” “Well, I’m just in the habit of praying that way,” the 7-year-old glibly explained. “ I can’t change very easy.” “ Oh, yes you can, and you will,” Mother insisted. “The Bi ble tells us not to be repetitious in praying.” “What does rep - - mean?” “ It means to repeat over and over again without thinking of what you are saying. Such pray ers don’t please God. Matthew 6:7 says “ . . . when ye pray, use not vain repetitions.” You have gotten into a very bad habit, honey, and we’re going to start right now to get rid of it.” Tucking the lad into bed Moth er heard Kent say: “ I’ll try to think when I pray after this.” “ I know you’ll try, sweetie.” Mother could not forget her son’s: “ I’m in the habit of pray ing that way.” The longer Moth er pondered the problem of un answered prayer the more she vvas convinced that this must be the key. Her son is not the only one who prays from habit, as a sort of appeasement to the con science. If one is to judge by fruit, — or lack of it, one must admit that very little prevailing prayer goes up to God’s throne. James tells us in 5:16: “ The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Praying by rote or from habit is neither effectual or fervent. May the cry of our hearts be Lord, teach us to pray.
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A s this month the Bible Institute of Los Angeles again sends from its halls of learning another promising group o f graduates, it is fitting that we should consider seriously the subject o f true Christian educa tion, to which, under God, we are dedicated. God’s plan for Christian education is very simply and succinctly stated in Second T im othy 2 :2 : “ the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” “ The same commit thou.” This is God’s chain reaction, from His heart to your heart, to m y heart, to m y neighbor’s, to the uttermost parts of the earth. As a Bible and missionary training institution, through our four schools— the Bible Institute, B iola College, the School of Missionary Medicine and Talbot Theological Seminary, we have committed to the class of ’55 the “ things” God entrusted to us. To the best of our ability, as we understand the W o rd of God, we have imparted His truth to them. It is a most sacred trust and not to be taken lightly. Much is said of this responsibility in the Scriptures: “ . . . this glorious gospel o f the blessed God, wh ich was committed to m y trust” (1 Tim . 1 :1 1 ); “ W e were al lowed to he put in trust with the gospel” (1 Thes. 2 :4 ). Paul pleads with Timothy: “ 0 Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust” (1 Tim . 6 :20 ). As those who have watched over the souls and the training of this class o f ’55, our exhortation is the same: “ 0 class, keep that which is committed to thy trust. Do not turn away from the faith!” “ T o faithful m en.” The Bible Institute has tried throughout the years to screen the applicants for admission so efficiently that on ly those of serious purpose and real consecration would enroll. These alone w ill be “ faithful men,” trustworthy ministers of the gospel and missionaries of the cross. Faithfulness to God, to His W ord, to the high and holy calling of being representatives o f Christ in a God-hating and Christ-rejecting world is now required of the graduates o f the class o f ’55. “ W h o shall be able to teach.” This is the reason for the existence of our school: to train consecrated young men and women for world-wide Christian service. A babe in Christ m ay be a faithful witness, but he cannot be an efficient teacher o f the things o f God until he has first given himself to diligent study o f the W o rd of God and related subjects. W e have done all within our power to make our students skillful in the W ord of righteousness “ rightly dividing the word of truth.” Th ey go from us, believing the gospel to be the power o f God unto salvation to every one that believes. W e recognize that our graduates are not the finished prod uct. It is a trite, but very true saying that commencement is on ly the beginning of education. This is eminently true in Christian service. “ Others also.” In His last H igh Priestly prayer Jesus prayed for these “ others.” “ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word” (John 17 :20). This is more of the chain reaction, wh ich reaches around the world for God. Our Lord said again: “ And other sheep I have . . . them also I must bring” (John 10 :16 ). Millions are waiting in darkness for the light of life. These messengers are going to them from this little lighthouse. It is said the sun never sets on the missionaries o f the Bible Institute o f Los Angeles. One half o f the world’s population has never heard the name of Christ, and b y the end of this century the population o f the world is expected to reach five billion. M a y we, graduates, undergraduates, B iola fam ily and friends, not fail God in reaching and teaching them ’ere the night comes when no man can work.
l E D i m . International Congress on Prophecy NOVEMBER 6 - 1 3 , 1955 at the Calvary Baptist Church 123 West 57th Street New York City • To break the doubtful silence left by the Evanston assembly on such vital subjects as: The true meaning of the Kingdom of God The nature and sphere of the Kingship of Christ The validity of the promises made by God to Israel It is highly significant that the two principal points of disunity at Evanston had to do with the Lord’s Supper and the Hope of Israel, subjects of deepest pro phetic importance. • To clear the air with reference to: The Hope of the Church The imminency of Christ’s return The final destiny of the redeemed The doctrine of the Rapture The Great Tribulation The perplexed world waits for a clear pronouncement concern ing God’s program in history. The Church needs to be reas sured that not calamity but the appearing of Christ will climax her career on the earth. 25 renowned Christian leaders will discuss these themes in the light of the revealed Word. COMMITTEE
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Sirs: Just one criticism: Don’t give Hol lywood so much space. Remember the Lord “ hates even the garment spotted by the flesh” and warns us to “ keep ourselves unspotted from the world.” Also could you change the colors on the cover to something cheerful and pretty for a change. Los Angeles, Calif. E. R. Williams TOLERANCE Sirs: In your March 1955 issue reader E. Paul suggests “ Let’s be tolerant about Christian Science.” But such tolerance is not for Christians. Chris tians must stay with the Bible and be all for Christ. I am glad to be in a nation where religious freedom is allowed, but even so, as a Christian I must be all for Jesus and the Bible. Toronto, Ont. Marion Flewwelling A VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Sirs: Mere condemning the cults does no good. We have to know why and be able to say it. I have studied their literature and was once deeply in- I volved in spiritism. I am so grate ful to God for my deliverance. I know what false religions are from experi ence. Livingston, Calif. Mrs. W. F. Nicholson AGREES WITH McGEE Sirs: It is refreshing in these days of widespread apostasy and modernism to read the article in the May K in g ’ s B u sin e ss by Dr. J. Vernon McGee, “Why I Left The Presbytery.” I am glad he left and believe he made the right decision. Morrison, III. Arthur Houk PRO-CHIANG I Sirs: I resent the innuendo referring to Chiang Kai-shek (Newsgrams, May K.B.). It is indeed strange that even | Christians will resort to attacks on so admirable and able a Christian ruler I as Chiang. In so doing they are fol- I lowing the insidious line of Commu nists or at least ignoramus ones. I marvel at the cruelty of men of your stature. [ Santa Cruz, Calif. Ben Stevenson
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LETTER FROM A YOUNG GREEK TUBERCULAR GIRL P lease forgive me for the liberty I am taking in writing this letter to you as I have nowhere else to turn. It comes from a suffering girl. Four years ago I became ill with tuberculosis —• the national scourge of Greece. I entered the sanitarium and in eleven months became well and returned to my home on the Island of Cephallonia. Unfortunate ly, however, there came the earth quakes and because I had to live out in the open under a tree, even in the cold winter months, again I contracted tuberculosis and have now been suffering afresh from that horrible disease for a year. As if my own suffering were not sufficient, my brother, 20 years old, has also received the merciless blow of this disease. The plight of our family simply cannot be described. When I think of my poor mother who is completely blind, I nearly lose my mind. She will be left all alone in this world unless some one has compassion enough to send my brother and me the antibiotic drugs that we need so desperately. You cannot imagine what hope there is in my heart as I send this letter to you. May God speak to your heart so that you may help my brother and me to get well and return to my despairing blind moth er. I do not even have one cent to buy the paper to write this letter, but it was given to me by another patient who told me of your won derful work and how so many tu bercular patients in Greece have be come well as a result of your as sistance. It has been a long time since I have felt my stomach full. You have no idea of the extent of our poverty. How you must treasure your health, dear friend. Once it is lost, it is so difficult to regain. There was the problem of find ing the postage money to mail this letter to you, as I didn’t have it. Some of the other patients felt sor ry for me and felt so sure that you were going to help me that they took an offering among themselves and gave it to me. So my heart and the heart of my brother in another part of the sanitarium are full of hope which we trust you w ill not disappoint. When you send the drugs to us and probably some money for food, please send a Bible for me and one for my brother. Aspasia Samouri Dear Reader, if this were your sister or daughter, what would you do? What would you like others to do? In the name of Christ, could you do exactly that and help this young girl and her brother through the American Mission to Greeks, P.O. Box 423, New York 36, N.Y.? (In Canada: 90 Duplex Ave., To ronto 7, Ont.) To send medicine to both of them costs $25, with $5 they can buy locally 40 lbs. of good nourishing food, and a Greek Bible costs only $1.00. With your help, the Mission is now endeavoring to care for 800 such cases in two of the largest sanitariums in Greece. Additional thousands of tubercular patients are begging us for God’s Word. Shall we say No?
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Two months ago we printed the first news about a special forthcoming issue of The King's Business. This special issue will be our August number. We've been planning this August issue for more than a year now, and again this month we're asking your continued prayers to the end that this venture will be mightily used to the glory of God. Sometime during the first part of June you will be receiving a letter giving the exact nature of this August issue. For now we can say this much. The news of this special issue will be of little interest to the nominal Christian. But for you who are walking close to our wonderful Saviour we believe it will be thrilling news. Thank you for caring enough to pray daily for the August King's Business.
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W h e n ( « o d C a l l s Y o u ¥ suppose there are few things we en joy hearing more than I the sound of our own name being spoken. And this is only ■^natural. It gives us a sense of belonging; of being wanted. W e can be in a crowded city, alone among thousands on a busy sidewalk. Someone, calls our name. And we are no longer alone. W e ’ve all had that experience. There was once a rich man that had this experience. It’s a fascinating story found in the 19th chapter o f the book of Luke in the.. Bible. The man’s name was Zacchaeus. He lived in that wonderful first century when God in the person of Jesus Christ invaded time and history on a mission to bring man to Himself. There was a day that Jesus passed through Jericho and the crowds surged about Him. In the crowd was rich Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus but the crowd was great and he was short. He shouldered his w ay to the edge of the throng and at a fast dog-trot he skirted the slow-moving mob until he was well ahead of it. Down the road was a sprawling sycamore tree and into it Zacchaeus climbed. He was pretty sure he’d get a view of Jesus from there. And he was right. W e read, “ And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joy fu lly .” God had called Zacchaeus and he responded joyfu lly. Listen to these other calls of God recorded in the Bible. “ Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” And again: “ Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no m oney; come ye, buy and eat; yea come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” And again: “ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” A ren ’t these tender calls o f God the very answer for the restlessness of our soul today? Come. Come. Come . . . This is His call. Come. A t some time in each of our lives God calls. And when He calls we must answer. W e cannot pretend that we have not heard. God calls and we must answer yes or no. Is He calling you now? Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though you r sins be as scarlet, th ey shall be as white as snow. Is He calling? W hen He calls we dare not let the opportunity pass. This is a decision for now and for all eternity. W hen Jesus Christ called Zacchaeus “ he made haste, and came down, and received him joy fu lly .” Is He calling you? — L.H. ( I f you desire m ore help on what it means to become a child o f God, you are invited to write The Editors, The King’s Business, 55 8 So. H ope St., Los Angeles 17, Calif.) 9
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D ick and Gary had finished their late afternoop track workout at high school and as they started home they were talking about plans for the future. Both boys had accept ed Christ as their Saviour several years before, and now as seniors, they were trying to reach a decision about the college they should attend in the fall—actually, they were making a choice of a lifetime! Many young people are faced with the problem that Dick and Gary were facing. I do not know God’s will for you, but this you can be sure of: God has a divine plan for your life, and the college you attend will affect you as long as you live. Be Sure it's Christian There was a time when an institu tion that advertised itself as a Chris tian college was truly one. But that’s not always true today. A genuinely Christian institution is one in which the president and every member of the faculty is a born-again believer, and where the Bible is upheld as the inspired Word of God. In such a college, there is constant, special emphasis on soul winning. Some church-sponsored c o l l ege s that are no longer thoroughly evan gelical know the “ language” well enough to place certain phrases in their advertising materials so that the casual reader may not suspect the fact that they are really not evangeli cal institutions. In addition, they are sufficiently well acquainted with the parents and patrons so that they can
use appropriate jargon when making contacts by correspondence or talking with individuals who visit the cam pus. Personal Interest One of the great advantages of Christian colleges and Bible schools is the personal interest shown each student. Everyone needs, and responds to individual attention! There is noth ing quite so wonderful and stimulat ing as knowing that those around you are interested in you, desiring that you do well. This is character-
istic of a Christian school. Non-Chris tian institutions are not completely void of this quality, but teachers who do not know Christ cannot possibly have the same devotion to their stu dents as those who know Christ. Only those who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit can appreciate the value and potential of another child of God. Most administrators and teachers in Christian colleges are engaged in their professional work at a real fi nancial sacrifice. Nearly any of these gifted men and women could teach at a non-Christian institution and re ceive a higher salary and greater recognition. However, a devotion to Christian youth means more than personal gain. A Christian student can attend a non-Christian college almost unno ticed, whereas in a Christian institu tion he would be considered a worth while individual, receiving due recog nition and encouragement. Courses of Study Throughout the four years of col lege, most universities and colleges in the United States emphasize cer tain general courses such as English, science, foundations of education, psy chology and sociology. These are generally required. During the fresh man and sophomore years, one is us ually not permitted to take many courses of his own choice. Therefore, the courses offered at up-to-date Christian schools usually meet the academic needs as well as secular schools. If the course you expect to pursue
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Dr. Clyde M. Narramore, edu cator and psychologist, is on the professional staff of the Los An geles county superintendent of schools, serving as a consultant to administrators and psychologists in an area where a million and one-half pupils are enrolled. A graduate of Columbia Univer sity, N.Y., he is well known as a writer and a Bible conference speaker.
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3y Dr. C lyde M. N arramo re tian understanding and spiritual ap plication that is integrated with the facts learned. Friendships Of s pec i al importance are the friendships one develops at Christian colleges and Bible schools. When you are a little older you will appreciate the fact that we live, to a great ex tent, by our Christian contacts. The evangelical, Christian work of Ameri ca, though separated by distances and various interests, has a strong ele ment of unity. God uses Christians to help other Christians, and it is almost impossible for a man to have an extensive min istry unless he has a wide acquaint anceship with those of like precious faith. These friendships are made and cultivated in Christian schools. Your college schoolmates are those with whom you will have associations for the rest of your life. Fred attended a regular state col lege near his home. There were 25 or 30 consecrated Christians on cam pus with whom he had fellowship. A few years after graduation he start ed work for a national Christian or ganization. There- he found that he was seriously handicapped because he knew so few other Christians. He realized then that had he attended a Christian school he would have had good friends, many of them, all over the nation. The friendships you develop in a Christian college will not only help you in the future, but they will be a real joy to you during your college
is sufficiently specialized to require undergraduate courses at s pe c i f i c schools, you could attend the first two years at a Christian college and then transfer. This will give you at least two wonderful years in a Christian environment. Quality of Scholarship The teachings of a Christian col lege are usually more factual and accurate than those of a non-Chris tian institution. Christian teachers have access to secular knowledge, and in addition, they have spiritual un derstandings that non-Christians do not have. For example, the history of the world and the history of the Unit ed States cannot be accurately learned apart from the influence of Christian ity. And yet, in non-Christian col leges such information is seldom men tioned! This is true in nearly every discipline of learning. Most Christian schools place their greatest emphasis at the undergradu ate level. There, the offerings are wide. However, some Christian insti tutions also offer extensive work at the graduate level. I have heard a few people suggest that academic standards in Christian institutions are not equal to non- Christian schools. I haven’t found this true. Christian colleges have access to the same books and periodicals that world-renowned universities use. The professors have similar degrees with similar skills, and there is no ques tion that the devotion of the Christian teacher and student is unsurpassed. But even more important is the Chris-
days. Other Christian young people will challenge and inspire you and draw the best out of you! Dating It is not unwise to say that one of the most important activities of college-age people is dating and asso ciating with those of the opposite sex. Like many other Christian par ents, I feel that college students should have the opportunity to meet many other Christians their own age with whom they can fellowship and from whom they can choose a life partner. To be very frank, it is not unusual to find the “ picking” very slim in a non-Christian college where there may be only a handful of Chris tians. It is not enough for a Chris tian to marry another Christian. One should have sufficient choice to marry a Christian to whom he is well suited. Only recently I counseled with Nancy and Bill, a young couple who are having a difficult time in their marriage. They reminded me of many Christian couples with whom I have worked. They had followed the scriptural teachings of not being unequally yoked together with an unbeliever. But the tragedy was that although they were both believers, they were not married to the right believer! Frequently this situation can be easily traced to the fact that Christian young people who do not attend a Christian college have such a small circle of Christian friends that they seldom have an opportun ity to find a life partner who is really suited to them. CONTINUED
er or dad for every decision. This helps young people become self-reli ant and independent. It develops self- confidence and poise. Many parents, desiring to do the best for their children, are not aware that they are dominating them, and to some extent, robbing them of their own development. Leaving mother and dad is not a virtue in itself, unless one gets into a spiritual at mosphere such as that provided by a Christian college. God uses those who are willing to leave all and follow Him. There are great numbers of young people whom God could use if they would be will ing to leave familiar surroundings, but somehow they never seem to get away from Main Street in their own home town. Going away to school introduces one to new cultures and different climates. It pushes back his horizons and permits him to see new challenges of Christian service. Maximum Development The heart of Christian college ac tivity centers in individual develop ment. We learn and develop as we actively participate. The students who develop the most are the ones who accept responsibilities and perform the tasks before them. Contrary to some belief, we do not grow through resistance. A tree that is planted in poor soil doesn’t have nearly the chance as the one planted in good earth. Children do not develop be cause they resist food. Their growth comes as a result of good food and care. Just as a swimmer needs the experience of moving in the water, so young Christians need those spir itual activities which will develop them. If more young people realized the handicap they place upon themselves by mixing with the godless gang and its activities, they would give more thought to the advisability of attending a Christian college where every activity is Christ-centered, and where one has the opportunity to de velop himself to the fullest. Every Christian needs a few years in his youth when he can devote him self to preparation. He will be the stronger for having taken part in Christian activity and for having de veloped a measure of self-discipline. Is it not true that Christ Himself took aside those whom He was train ing where they could be unmolested by worldly activities? Surely youth ful days are times of learning and preparation, and where could one bet ter go than with the Lord’s people to a Christian institution where young people grow strong for God and country? END.
A Choice o f a Lifetime
Christian Conduct At a Christian college one learns and practices Christian conduct. It is usually at such campuses that young people learn the joy of total dedication to Christ. It is there that they rise above worldly standards and reach a place in Christian expe rience where God can use them migh tily. Some Christian young people who have never been to an evangeli cal Christian college or university, may know very little about proper Christian conduct. They may not know the joy of living out-and-out for Christ, and experiencing the bless ings that accompany true consecra tion. This is not something they strive for. It’s the natural way of life at Christian institutions. We have in “high places” today some Christian leaders who have never disciplined .themselves to a humble, close walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. As a result, they are setting up extensive programs, going through the motions, without the power of the Holy Spirit. They are advising others, and yet not totally dedicated themselves. Of course one need not attend a Christian school to learn surrender and dedication. But in a fine, evan gelical institution where one receives such training, it is the natural thing to develop into a consecrated Chris tian, a spiritual giant whom God can mightily use! Knowledge of the Scriptures A distinct advantage of a Christian college is the daily study of God’s Word. Outstanding Bible teachers are on the staff to teach required Bible courses. The nation’s outstanding lay men and ministers appear on daily chapel programs. The ideal time to learn the Word of God thoroughly is in one’s youth. In middle and later life one is so occupied with family and business re sponsibilities that it becomes difficult to follow through with intensive Bi ble training. If one doesn’t build thorough Bible knowledge into his life in his teens and early twenties, he’ll probably never do it. And to neglect such training, is to disre gard the most important preparation in life! Learning God's Will For each life God has a unique plan: The successful Christian is one who diligently seeks God’s will for his life, makes preparation, then humbly
devot.es himself to his calling. For the most part, God uses very natural means of showing us His will for our lives. I suppose there is no place where a young person can learn of the opportunities for Christian serv ice as well as he can in a Christian school. It is there that needs of the various mission fields are carefully presented. Student groups are organ ized to learn more about the oppor tunities of Christian service. Leaders of different Christian organizations come to chapel services where they can give heart-warming challenges. Harold, an earnest Christian, at tended an outstanding Bible school. During his time thebe he heard a challenging message from a man who was engaged in home and camp work for delinquent boys. After the chapel service he talked with the speaker. Harold prayed much about the work and later felt led to enter it. God blessed him in his decision, and today his efforts are nationally recognized. Witnessing One sometimes hears the statement that a person has more opportunities for witnessing on a non-Christian campus. This is seldom the case. Nearly every evangelical Christian school has an elaborate program whereby all students learn to witness in many situations, and with various groups. They visit in hospitals, wit ness in jails, pass out tracts on streets, give testimonies at meetings, preach at various nearby services, make house-to-house visits and take part in many other such activities. Actually, most students attending Christian col leges engage in witnessing much more than those Christians attending non-Christian institutions. And such activities in a Christian school are consistent and well planned. Most Christian colleges even carry on summer wi t ne s s i ng programs whereby students keep accurate rec ords of their witnessing activities and then register them with school of ficials from week to week. Away from Home Going away to a Christian college usually means getting away from home, parents and old friends. This is usually a distinct advantage. Un fortunately too many Christian young people never leave their parents un til they get married. As wonderful as it is to have the influence of godly parents, it is also advantageous to be in a fine Christian college environ ment where one cannot turn to moth
THE KING'S BUSINESS
the case for married happiness
By Betty Bruechert
But what about marriage in this Christian land? Can most married couples here be thus held up to non- Christians as examples of what they too should be in their lives and homes? Do they present to the world a united front of married happiness, evidence of complete satisfaction with that tie which Charles Kingsley About the Author Mrs. Bruechert is the widow of the late Rev. I. P. Bruechert who wrote Helpful Hints for Soul Win ners that appeared in T h e K in g ’ s B usiness some years ago. She was managing editor of T h e K in g ’ s B usiness for eight years and is now secretary and editorial researcher for Dr. Louis T. Talbot, Chancellor of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles.
called, “ the life-long miracle, the self- begetting wonder, daily fresh” ? Recently I asked an attractive, un married, not - so - young - any - longer friend of mine why she had never married. I was aware that it was by her own choice, not for lack of oppor tunity to change her status, that she was still single. Her reply shocked me. I realized she was speaking from her heart without any attempt at fa cetiousness when she answered earn estly: “ If I could see anything more in the lives of most married Chris tians than I have myself, I would. But I know so many unhappy cou ples that I am afraid to risk it. I am lonely now, but not miserable.” To my surprise I discovered that her opinion was by no means a rare CONTINUED
J L ▼ .^^cieties prefer to send mar ried couples to their fields rather than single persons, because it has been demonstrated over and over again that a consistent Christian home makes nearly as great an impression for Christ upon the heathen as does the actual preaching of the gospel. The way in which a Christian man cherishes his wife and provides for his children, and the manner in which a Christian woman loves her husband and cares for her babies is an illustrated gospel. It can present a picture of such love that even the most degraded will find difficult to resist. The longing in the unregener ate heart for such wedded bliss often awakens the deeper desire to know the Lord of that household!
married happiness continued view of marriage from an outsider looking in. Some have reached the conclusion, from their observation of Christian couples in public and in their homes, that many, instead of en joying the married state, are merely enduring it “ until death does them part.” Are these cynics right, that in some cases while married people would not resort to a divorce court to settle their difficulties, their life together is a kind of armistice? With tongue in cheek, Robert Louis Steven son called marriage “ a field of battle, not a bed of roses.”
equally demonstrative, but the lover ever “finds the way” to express him self satisfactorily to his mate. Many a Christian man considers himself a model husband because he provides his wife with an attractive home and a checking account, and many a wife believes she is a success ful wife because she takes good care of the children and the house. These things, desirable in themselves, have little to do with satisfying the human heart. All human beings long above all things to be loved, not for what they can give, but for what they are. Human love has no power to meet the inner spiritual longings of the soul—that is the prerogative of God Himself—but human love was de signed by a loving Creator to satisfy a craving for affection and under standing that is the nearest thing to contentment on this earth. Any husband or wife who deprives his mate of the constant assurance of his love is failing in his marriage, no matter what other benefits are bestowed. Almost all strife over the petty details of life and living is traceable to a doubt that one is truly loved. There need not be a question as to the mate’s faithfulness in deed or in thought; it may not be a matter of unkind word or act. Things unsaid are often more cruel than harsh ex pressions. One should study his mate with the selfless purpose of making him happy. It will pay great dividends in pure heart satisfaction. Many peo ple have an inferiority complex about love; it is difficult for them to believe they could be loved above all others. They need constant reassurance that they are still first in the hearts of their beloveds. Why are married peo ple so niggardly in their expression of love for each other? As sweet hearts, they are not so reluctant to demonstrate their fondness for each other! Why should it not be obvious to all that a married couple is still in love, even if her hair is gray, and his has long since departed? Life is very short at best; couples have so little time together. There may not be a tomorrow in our atomic age. I read of a woman who heard the clock striking 13 in the night. She nudged her husband, and exclaimed, “ John, get up! It’s later than I have ever known it to be!” Maybe we need the sense of urgency that young cou ples during the late war seemed to feel as they held hands on street corners, in buses and as they walked along the street. They knew they were to be parted soon; they could not bear to waste one moment of love’s brief day. In Dickens’ great novel, Bleak
will be any more successful or longer- lasting than any other relationship. In fact, marriage is such a delicate matter, requiring so much in the ad justment of personalities, that it is a wonder that any union between un saved people ever survives the exigen cies of our civilization. With real Christians the case is quite different. True, they are im perfect human beings, and as such, unable to establish anything perfect. But, having been born again by the Spirit of God, and having recourse to the throne of grace, they have help from above the world knows nothing about. They should be able at least to approximate the purpose of Him “ which . . . at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh . . . Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” If the critics of married Christians are correct that there is something wrong between many Christian cou ples, what is the cause, and what is the cure? In these outspoken times, one of the chief causes of married unhappi ness advanced on all sides is that of physical incompatibility. No one can deny that the sex factor is important, for marriage is a union of body as well as of heart. But it is still true that “mind, not body, makes mar riage last.” If this were not so, with sex “ the god of our day,” fewer mar riages would dissolve. Almost without exception, and that exception is fre quently actual physical or mental ill ness, when other causes of marital discontent are removed, the physical relationship takes care of itself. The enemies of true and virtuous love are many: pride, neglect, indif ference, selfishness, harshness and above all, the invasion of the “ other” silly woman or unscrupulous man into the sacred realm of marriage. But beneath, above, and around these reasons for married unhappiness is but one real cause: the loss of genu ine affection, the alienation of heart from heart, the extinction of that spark with which all romance begins and is maintained. When the fire of love goes out on the nuptial altar, the real integrity of the marriage is in jeopardy. No one can make a success of mar riage who does not truly love and make known his love. All are not
Obviously, the fault is not with marriage, but the married. He who “ spared not his own Son, but deliv ered him up” for our redemption de cided in the beginning: “ It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” And through the writer of Hebrews the Holy Spirit declared at a later date: “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled.” Martin Luther indignantly de manded: “ On what pretense can man have interdicted marriage, which is a law of nature? It is as though we were forbidden to eat, to drink, to sleep.” Samuel Johnson stated bluntly: “Marriage is the best state for man in general; and every man is the worse man, in proportion as he is unfit for the married state.” In M idd lem a rch George Eliot writes movingly: “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life, to strengthen each other in all la bors, to rest on each other in all sor row, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the last moment of parting?” Why, then, if there is nothing wrong with marriage itself; if it is, as the marriage service reads, “ an honorable estate, instituted of God,” cannot two people who love the Lord make a genuine success of it and find perfect contentment therein? Was John Keble wrong when he sang: “Hail, wedded love, mysterious law, true source of human offspring, the voice that breathed o’er Eden that earliest wedding day the primal mar riage blessing, it hath not passed away” ? Was Tennyson merely pen ning a poet’s idle dream when he de scribed marriage as “ two lives bound fast in one with golden ease . . . their mutual love compared to Heaven” ? Of course, it is not to be expected that marriage between non-Christians
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