ordained of God, and the magistracy is by His will to bear the sword not in vain.
, in His Messiahship, would not be made a judge or a divider as to the statutes and estates of this earth; but He did not, therefore, abrogate the tribunals of earthly judgment.
To Caesar He bade us render Caesar
He cherished and exemplified patriotism when answering to the appeal made to Him in the behalf of that Gentile ruler as far as one who loved “our” Jewish
He showed it when weeping, as He predicted the coming woes of His own people, and of their chief city.
The Gospel of Christ
, then, sanctions and consecrates true patriotism.
Shall the Christians of the North
accept the revolution thus to be precipitated upon them as warranted and necessary?
or shall they acquiesce in it as inevitably dismissing the question of its origin in the irrevocable past?
Shall they wait hopefully the verdict of the nations and the sentence of Providence
upon the new basis of this extemporized Confederacy?
Meanwhile shall they submit passively to the predicted disintegration of their own North, pondering wistfully upon the possibilities of their own reorganization to qualify them for admission on the novel platform, and for their initiation into the new principles of this most summary revolution?
The memories of the past and the hopes of the future; history and scripture; the fear of God, and regard to the well-being of man; the best interest of their own estranged brethren at the South
, and their own rights and duties, not to themselves and their children only, but as the stewards of constitutional liberty in behalf of all other nations, encouraged by our success, as such remotest nations are baffled and misled, as by our failure such nations would necessarily be — all considerations unite in shutting up the Christians of the North
to one course.
The following resolutions present correspondingly what, in our judgment, is the due course of our churches and people: