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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
           FIDELITY TO HUMANITY.                    321

triumphed over them after the fulfilment of his dreams, we have
another lesson which teaches men to be true to themselves.
Those who will take heed, and will follow the dictates of such
teachings, will place themselves in the path of right.  Another
thing is needed among men to show their respect for humanity,
and that is sympathy. It removes obstinateness and softens
the hardest heart. Without sympathy it will be impossible for
any one to represent the true man. The sympathy which was
shown by the Good Samaritan toward the man who had fallen
among thieves, should never be forgotten. It was one of the
greatest acts of sympathy shown among men in favor of hu-
nianity, excelled only by that which was shown by Christ toward
fallen humanity, who gave HIis own life for the redemption of
mankind The chain-gang system, which is kept up in this,
our state of Georgia, and the wicked and cruel men the govern-
mnient has employed as overseers, show the lack of sympathy on
the part of the government. If the managers of the govern-
ment had the right kind of sympathy, corporal punishment, in
a Bible country, where the gospel of our Lord and Saviour,
Jesus Christ, is preached, would be blotted out of existence,
and a milder punishment would be instituted to make men bet-
ter, something which God would approve; and when they
worked out their time, a change for the better would be seen in
all their actions. Why is it that, under this system, men who
go there and work out their time are, when they return home,
generally worse? One reason is, because the men whom the
government has overseeing them, know nothing about the re-
ligion of Jesus Christ; they are not true to themselves and it
is certain they cannot be true to those poor convicts who have
to serve under them. Christ the great model of purity and
truth, said: If the blind lead the blind they will all fall into
the ditch.
  Education is one of the means to aid humanity.  God has put
it in man's reach to feed his brain, to make him more useful to
himself, his family and his country. Those who fail to avail
themselves of every opportunity which presents itself to them
ae unfaithful to themselves.  Education does not consist
simply in what we get out of books, but the hand, head and
heart must be educated to show the better part of man.  This
will prepare him for all emergencies that may. come. Self-re-
liance is one of the great helps; it develops the thinking faculty.
We must learn to think for ourselves.  One of the great injuries
man can have to blockade and to paralyze his thinking faculty,
is to depend on the thoughts of others.  Be your own man in
truth.
           Truth illuminates the darkest path;
             It draws the soul to Heaven's bliss.

  Atlanta, Ga.
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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