Provocation.A Sermon by Dr. Potts, denouncing the Tribune as agrarian, &c., reported in the Courier and Enquirer.
Reply.It is quite probable that we have some readers among the pew-holders of a church so wealthy and fashionable as the Dr.'s, though few, we presume, among divines as well salaried as he is. We will only ask those of our patrons who may obey his command to read for their next Scripture lesson the xxvth Chapter of Leviticus, and reflect upon it for an hour or so. We are very sure they will find the exercise a profitable one, in a sense higher than they will have anticipated. Having then stopped the Tribune, they will meditate at leisure on the abhorrence and execration with which one of the Hebrew Prophets must have regarded any kind of an Agrarian or Anti-Renter; that is, one opposed to perpetuating and extending the relation of Landlord and Tenant over the whole arable surface of the earth. Perhaps the cotemplation of a few more passages of Sacred Writ may not be unprofitable in a moral Sense—for example:
Woe unto them that join [add] house to house, that lay field to field that there be no place, that they be placed alone in the midst of the earth.Isaiah, v. 8.
One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the the cross, and follow me:And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!Mark, x. 21-23.
We might cite columns of this sort from the Sacred Volume, showing a deplorable lack of Doctors of Divinity in ancient times, to be employed at $3,500 a year in denouncing, in sumptuous, pew-guarded edifices costing $75,000 each, all who should be guilty of “ loosening the faith of many in the established order of things.” Alas for their spiritual blindness! the ancient Prophets—God's Prophets—appear to have slight faith in or reverence for that “established order” themselves! Their ‘schemes’ appear to have been regarded as exceedingly “disorganizing” and hostile to “good order” by the spiritual rulers of the people in those days. That Dr. Potts, pursuing (we trust) the career most congenial to his feelings, surrounded by every comfort and luxury, enjoying the best society, and enabled to support and educate his children to the hight of his desires, should be inclined to reprobate all ‘nostrums’ for the cure of Social evils, and sneer
And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, as every man had need.Acts, II. 44, 45.