Excerpt from Christianity in Its Relation to the State and the Church: Two Sermons Preached in St. Andrew's Church, Ottawa, on April 7th and April 14th, 1889
The obvious answer is that two cannot walk together except they be agreed. There are those who hold that religion and politics, or - to put the matter in concrete form - Church and State have such widely separated if not antagonistic functions, that they move in totally different directions, and are to be viewed in totally different ways. The proposition which, on the contrary, I shall endeavor to establish is this, that while Church and State are quite distinct from each other, and in a certain sense mutually independent, yet the highest tasks, of each are harmo nious, so that it is possible for them to strive concurrently to reach the same goal, the establishment among men of the Kingdom of Heaven.
We are discerning more fully the penetrative force of Christiamty ln every domain of human life. Its principles are such that they cannot for any long time be shut up to this or that corner of our nature. They seek admissmn at the gate of every avenue which the foot of man may tread, and oblige us to declare our attitude in regard to them. We cannot capriciously decide that we shall be Christians in the Church on Sunday, and heathen in our daily affairs throughout the rest of the week; that in discussing any question, we shall assume a moral stand point when it seems expedient to do so, but when the wind blows the other way, shall feel perfectly free to change with it. This two-sided policy in the end is found impracticable. The conviction forces itself with growing clearness upon thoughtful minds, that in the very nature of things, our Christianity must be everything to us, or it will soon become nothing at all.
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