Excerpt from 101st Annual Report of the Upper Canada Bible Society: For the Year Ended December 31, 1940
And so in many a stormy period of war the Bible Society has sought to unite men's hearts in one common allegiance to the Saviour of the world, and in these present days of national peril and desperate need it still seeks to use the opportunity which war itself brings to arm all men with the sword of the Spirit, by which alone is attained true victory and true peace.
A babel of voices proclaims solutions for the troubles which beset us. New ideologies, nationalistic and materialistic aims, social and economic programmes have all been advocated. The futility of much of our boasted civilization is the answer to these claims. No New Order is worth the striving for unless it springs from that newness which comes from Him who makes all things new.
War with its danger and its Opportunity is on us again. Let us pray that the imminence of the danger will not obscure the greatness of the opportunity. It will be of little use, says the London Times, to fight as we are fighting today for the preservation of Christian principles if Christianity itself is to have no future; or at immense cost to safeguard religion against attacks from without if we allow it to be starved by neglect from within. Surely it may be said that1h in a special sense God has raised up this great Society for such times as ese.
There will be multitudes whom the war will leave bereft and ruined. It may leave behind it a terrible legacy of hate and revenge. On the spread of the Christian Gospel will depend not only order and security, but whatever is possible of partnership and true fellowship among men. It is the high privilege of Christian democracy to uphold the ideal of a world brotherhood which is based upon a common Christian allegiance.
That the Upper Canada Bible Society can report for 1940 a year of increase both in its ordinary contributions, and also in its War Emergency Fund. Is an assurance that in the cloudy and dark day men still turn to this ancient Book and gladly join in the labour of sharing it with others. During the past year over copies of the New Testament have been distributed through out the Dominion and Newfoundland to the Chaplains Services for those on active service. The Society's service edition with its message from His Majesty the King, must be provided as long as the war lasts.
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