in the religious organizations.
You must not seek for it in representative and organized systems which undertake to hold its essence.
as a mile-stone shows how far morals have travelled up to that moment.
The moment it is found, it is useless.
It is like the bulwarks of Holland
, good when the waters are outside, but all the worse, when the waters are inside, to keep them in.
The pioneer goes through the forest girdling the trees as he moves, and, five years after, these trees are dead lumber.
So Christianity goes through society, dooming now this institution and now that custom as sinful.
Soon they die. Look back forty years. Christianity branded slavery as sin
. Wealth laughed scornfully at the fanaticism.
Fashion swept haughtily past in her pride.
The State thought to smother the protest by statutes.
clasped hands and blessed the plot.
But a printer's boy yielded himself to the sublime inspiration, gave life to the martyrdom of the message; and when his hand struck off three million of fetters, the Church
said, “Yes, I did it, for did I not always say ‘ There was no bond in Christ Jesus.’
” Yes, you did. But when to take that terrible protest from your treasure-house and flare it in the face of an angry nation, was grave peril and cruel sacrifice, you hid it!
You always had the truth; your only lack was life
to believe, and courage
to apply it. The question that lies beyond, and has for thirty years, is the question of race.
We lifted races up to a dead level, and the Church
said, “Did n't I tell you God hath made of one blood all the nations of the earth?”
And we all said: “Yes, you did. The trouble was that when it was crucifixion to apply it, you could not see it.”
The thing that lies beyond is sex. Will you crush woman out of her opportunities?
But the age travels on, and by and by she will