SOME INTERROGATION POINTS.
The real danger in the United States is not a cessation of good times
nor a panic, but the demoralization of the people by the substitution of
commercial aphorisms for the Ten Commandments. The injunction to
make 6 per cent. has led many a so-called Christian to lose his soul; while
10 per cent. has damned whole communities.
These are times when real estate is quoted higher than mansions in
the skies and when mahogany sideboards are more reverenced than pulpits.
The people are mad, and not with much learning either. Dress, display,
nice wickedness, naughty suggestion, snobbery and monkey dinners are
the thing, and the young person who dares to utter a religious sentiment
or mar festivities by modesty or propriety is made the object of the same
kind of resentment as greets a preacher at the ball.
What is the spirit of the age? To what retreat shall we go to find
the sweet-faced Christian mothers who live for God and the virtuous
training of their dear children? Where is the business man who would
dare talk religion to his clerk after a strenuous day in the stock ex-
Can anyone find a preacher who will give an unvarnished exegesis of
the Commandment, "Thou shalt not commit adultery," in the face of his
languorous, lascivious and adulterous adherents who present him with a
suit and ask his return?
Is it easy to find the society girl who believes that her lips are for
her husband and her waist a sacred zone? Is it not pretty generally
agreed that young men are bound by public decency but not by private
purity? Isn't heaven half rejected and the belief in hell loudly scoffed at?
Don't people who need God and the comfort of the gospel stay away
from church because their new suit was not finished? Don't real estate
agents tell us to come out and inspect their sub-divisions on Sunday,
and don't we do it after morning service? Don't we recompense our-
selves for wasting half a Sabbath at church by spending the other half on
dress parade in the parks?
Beloved, we know the correct answers to these questions whether