Village Politics; Addresses and Sermons on the Labour Question

Village Politics; Addresses and Sermons on the Labour Question

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...similar apparent contradiction in terms, of which, as it bears in principle directly on this question, I will venture to remind you. The words are these--you will find them in Matt. x. 34, and Luke xii. 49--" Suppose ye that I am come to send peace on earth? I tell you nay; but rather division. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword." Now I do not think that many of you have been much perplexed or distressed by the apparent contradiction between these words of Christ and the expressed object of his coming. You have said very truly--" We must distinguish here between the object of Christ's coming and the effect of Christ's coming. Jesus Christ was indeed the Prince of Peace, who came 'to guide our feet into the way of peace.' We acknowledge love, brotherhood, goodwill amongst men, to have been the master-note of his Gospel. We cannot, however, conceal from ourselves that one result of that message has often been disunited households, broken friendship, religious hatred, discord, disunion, division of all kinds. Yet here we know the sword was the sign of Peace. If the message of Christ divided men, it was at least a sign that some men were in earnest about it. If it brought division into a house, it also brought energy and activity, it put an end to the fatal lethargy, to the numbing stupor of indifference which was eating out the life of men's souls. The division must needs have come, but it came not of the Gospel, but through the Gospel. We must distinguish between the intention and the consequence, between the object and the result." Now it is exactly this principle which I would wish you to bear in mind when you are speaking of the class strifes which have been the more

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