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*' Fear God,"— i St. Peter ii. 17.

** Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." — i Cor. x. 31.

*' Fear God,"— i St. Peter ii. 17.

** Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." — i Cor. x. 31.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Feb 23, 2014
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VOTERS.BY HENRY R. HEYWOOD *' Fear God,"— i St. Peter ii. 17. ** Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." — i Cor. x. 31. It will not, I think, be out of place if I, this after-noon, say a few words on a matter which at this time has a special interest and importance, — I mean the responsibility of a voter. Only first let me say how far I have a right, here, to enter upon such a subject. If I were to do so as a partisan of one or other of the political parties in the State I should be without excuse. A clergyman must, of course, make up his own mind and have his own opinion on these matters, like other men ; but if he were to seek to press them upon his people from the pulpit, he steps down from his own proper place as a Christian teacher, he is no longer able impartially, as before God, to put before his people those great leading principles of truth and justice, of right and wrong, from which each man may
VOTERS. 151 make up his mind for himself. I do not speak as a champion for any party ; I keep wholly clear of this. My sole point is, the responsibility of every voter. " Fear God ; " " Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." If a Christian man has a vote for a Member of Parliament (and a great many people will be able to vote for Members of Parlia-ment at the forthcoming election who never had votes before), that man is bound, as a Christian, in giving that vote, to "fear God," to do it "to the glory of God." It may be under certain circum-stances a man's duty sometimes not to vote at all ; "fearing God," he declines to vote. The circum-stances are possible and at times arise. But out of laziness, out of carelessness, and not from any consideration of duty at all, to go and act the part of the unprofitable servant who wrapped his Lord's talent in a napkin and buried it in the ground
when he ought to have employed it as a sacred trust ; to say, " Why should I trouble myself about this matter.?" — to say, "I will take my ease, eat, drink, and die, whether the commonwealth be over-thrown or the heavens fall," is clearly to leave un-done something which we are bound to do, is clearly the opposite to that fear of God which ought to lead a man to act "to the glory of God." We have, in having a vote, a solemn trust committed to us ; we ought to use that trust conscientiously, as before God, with a single eye to His honour, 152 VOTERS. the good of His Church, and the peace and happi-ness of the nation at large. We ought to send men to ParHament who will consult for the advance-ment of God's glory, the good of His Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of our Sovereign and her dominions ; " that all things may be so settled by their endeavours upon the best and surest founda-tions, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations."

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