Politics in the pulpit.
We observe that the Congregational
pulpit in some of the Northern States
is beginning to sound a political alarm again, Henry Ward Beecher
beating the gong ecclesiastical with extraordinary energy.
We observe, also, that in one or two Southern pulpits there has been a return fire of spiritual musketry.
But in general the Southern
pulpit keeps on in the old fashioned way of preaching the Gospel, and leaving political matters to political men. The Founder of the Christian Religion
declared that His kingdom was not of this world, and no temptations of his wily enemies could ever induce him to secularize his sacred calling by interfering in the most remote manner with the civil or judicial authorities of the land.
Loyalty of the people to their governors and magistrates, obedience of servants to their masters, these are Christian duties, constantly enjoined by Him and His apostles, and to these His ministers in this age and country would do well to confine themselves.