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274               THE A. M. E. REVIEW

       PRESIDENT-ELECT WILSON'S CONCEPTION OF A
                   MINISTER'S DUTY

    In an address before the General Theological Seminary
he said: "It ought to be a matter of course that the minister
has devoted himself to unworldly objects, and that he can be
counted upon to speak his mind without fear of man, or any
other fear except to transgress the law of God. * * *
The minister ought to be an instrument of judgment with
motives not secular but religious, who tries to draw society
together by a new motive, which is not the motive of the
economist or of the politician, but the motive of the pro-
foundly religious man. * * * The whole morality of the
world depends upon those who exert upon men that influ-
ence which will turn their eyes from themselves; upon those
who devote themselves to things in which there is no calcu-
lation whatever of the effect to be wrought upon themselves
or their own fortunes. It is the minister's duty to judge
other men with love, but without compromise of moral
standards, so * * * as to let no man escape from full
reckoning of his conduct. That is a task too great for the
courage of most ministers. The Church is the mentor of
righteousness, and the minister must be the exemplar of
righteousness."
    From this it will appear that Mr. Wilson not only
cherishes high ideals with regard to the duties and func-
tions of the church and ministry, but also has the spirit of
stalwart Christianity.
    Probably few Negro clergymen supported him at the
polls, doubtless many are now apprehensive in regard to his
future course. With all his high purposes, he has a horde
of base elements against which he must contend. It is our
duty as ministers, by speech and influence, to uphold his
hands, then if he fails us he will stand convicted of having
sinned against the light.




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 29, Num. 3

Editorials

Volume:  29
Issue Number:  03
Page Number:  260
Date:  01/1913


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