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The Curse of Indifference.pdf

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By Carl G. Doney, Ph. D.

"Curse ye Meroz, saith the angel of the Lord, curse
ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came
not to the help of the Lord." — ^Judges v, 23.
By Carl G. Doney, Ph. D.

"Curse ye Meroz, saith the angel of the Lord, curse
ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came
not to the help of the Lord." — ^Judges v, 23.

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The Curse of IndifferenceBy Carl G. Doney, Ph. D."Curse ye Meroz, saith the angel of the Lord, curseye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they camenot to the help of the Lord." — ^Judges v, 23."He that is not with Me is against Me." — Mattxii, 30."Every subject's duty is the king's, but every sub- ject's soul is his own." — Shakespeare."Decision is the moral vertebrae of the character;it gives to the whole being a bearing, stamina, and con-sistency." — Hood."The principle to which polity owes its stability,life its happiness, youth its acceptance, and creation itscontinuance, is obedience." — Ruskin."The condition of a sense of God's presence, isobedience to the laws of love. The condition of spir-itual wisdom and certainty of truth, is obedience to thewill of God, the surrender of private wilL" — Robertson,148The Curse of IndifferenceWhen Israel sought to be free from Sisera, theoppressor, some tribes heeded not the call for help.]Mutual defense and deliverance summoned them, but
an unwilling heart made idle hands. Some were shep-herds, and the bleatings of their flocks were. louderthan the voice of duty; some questioned and foundfault, and others had their boats and trade at Joppa.There was business to be done, pleasure to be had,money to be made, and therefore they remained athome. Because they were not facing danger them-selves there was no reason they should assume risksfor others. Flocks and ease and money were moreto them than any need of fellow-man. How strangethe continuity of human nature that recognizes thefamiliar application of such words to-day !Upon recreant Israel came the curse of indiffer-ence when indifference is base crime. True, thesefaithless ones had done no overt wrong; they simplyhad done nothing. Thus many name their righteous-ness in negative terms, — they are not thieves, liber-tines, liars, or drunkards— and therefore they are justi-fied. But Christianity is positive; when man is en-149150 The Throne-Room of the Saul joined to keep himself unspotted from the world, heis commanded to defend his brother. He is judged bywhat he leaves undone, and not alone by what hedoes. Though he never placed a stone of stumblingon the highway, he yet is keeper of the road on whichhis fellows travel. This is the latter-day religion,rebuker of that kind which forgets that God is wor-shiped when His creatures are defended. But the won-der is we learn so slowly, that so few are really inthe ranks of battle.We excuse ourselves by naming the intense de-mands of daily toil. But a man who has no time for
God is either idle or unduly selfish. Often he dreamsthat he is working and is fussily engaged with la-bors which with system and intensity could be per-formed, and allow time for Christian service. Or if there be method and energy he is sinfully selfish tomake all hours serve his private claims. No one hasright to make a business more important than mankind.It should be Christian through and through, with othermen as silent, but participating, partners. Rarely isan employee so toil burdened that weariness is validreason for indifference to the Church. And still moreblameworthy is he who has a business of his own,yet provides no entire Sabbath and mid-week hour forthat devotion which will hallow all his hours.The Curse of Indifference 151Another pleading for indifference is our need forrecreation and pleasure. The flowers and trees andfields themselves have nights and seasons of repose;man clips his nights at both ends, swallows threeweeks of dissipation in the summer, and wonders howhis body protests against emerging from the hidingsof the Sunday paper at Church time. Well, a certainstimulus is needed to overcome the inertia of habitIt is easier to pursue the accustomed round than toperform aggressive service; and it is hard for thecomplacently comfortable to assume any duty out of the ordinary or that will lessen their accustomedease. But pleasure or rest is no profession, and hewho makes it such will save his life to lose it Anunsaved city and neglected men write "Ichabod" onevery soul that with the siren song shuts out thecall for help, and that awful word eats in its wayto cowardize and spoil still more the truant self.Man is peace-loving, and this often withholds hishands from active duties. Peace is to be desired,

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