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Religion on Business Principles.

Religion on Business Principles.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY GEORGE HODGES

Whatevee may be said about the need of relig-
ions principles in business, there can be no
question as to the need of certain business prin-
ciples in religion. Christ himself pronounced the
children of this world wiser thaji the children of
light.
BY GEORGE HODGES

Whatevee may be said about the need of relig-
ions principles in business, there can be no
question as to the need of certain business prin-
ciples in religion. Christ himself pronounced the
children of this world wiser thaji the children of
light.

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RELIGION ON BUSINESS PRINCIPLES. BY GEORGE HODGES Whatevee may be said about the need of relig-ions principles in business, there can be no question as to the need of certain business prin-ciples in religion. Christ himself pronounced the children of this world wiser thaji the children of Ught. We do not talk much nowadays about the "children of this world" or the "children of light," These old phrases have ceased out of our modem conversation. We never hear them on Monday. They need translation. But what they mean when we set them over into the language of our day is quite plain to see and easy of un-derstanding. The children of this world are the people who think more abont this world than they do about the next, and the children of light are the people who have been taught better than that, who onght to see clearer than that. It is true that there is no such sharp distinction possible in human society as would enable us to
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r.bv Google 152 BELIQION ON BUSINESS PRINCIPLES. divide our neighbors into these two classes, and set some here on the right, and others there on the ignominious left. Ck>d will do that one of these days. But, meanwhile, "Judge not before the time " is a good rule. We will be wiser to leave it alone. The PuritanB tried it once, and wrote down as sinners all who did not speak the accent of their excellent company. But the Puri-tans were mistEiken. Saints and sinners are somehow inextricably intermingled in the tangle of human life. The tares and the wheat look so astonishingly alike that even the best theological boteniste cannot certainly distinguish the one from tlie otlier. We would better let them alone. We are safe, however, in recognizing the "world" and the "light" as representing the two divisions into which all the interests of life must fall, the et«mal and the transitory. These two
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divisions divide between them the thoughts of every human being. Even the saint cannot give his absolutely undivided attention to things eter-nal. Bread and butter are not eternal. The dif-ferences which God sees among us, which enable him to know some of us as the children of the world, and others of us as children of light, are differences of emphasis. The question is not a question of exclusion, but of preference. We must care for both the transitory and the perma-r.bv Google RBUGION ON BUSINESS PRINCIPLES. 153 neat ; we must tMnk about the things that perish and the things that last. But which do we thick about and care about the mostT That is what God looks to see. And Christ says that a good many people are wiser about transitory things than they are about
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