We have noted a move toward a union of enough denominations to make a great Big Church of 18,000,000. This will impress people who are impressed by this sort of thing. In the denomination of which I am a member, we have just passed through an experience of merger and the end is not yet; it makes us a little nervous to think that we have to get all wound up for the same sort of thing again.
My own views on the merger of churches seem to satisfy no one. I suppose I picked up the clue from an old minister friend of mine, Dr. Homer Henderson who had a sizeable church in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and who was at one time big enough in our league to be Moderator of General Assembly. During the merger discussions, he passed a judgment on the excitement as follows: “Union will not be nearly as good as the proponents say nor nearly as bad as the opponents say.” And I think that on the whole his judgment was pretty sound. There are days when it is easy to say “what’s so wonderful about church union?” As one contemplates the possibilities set forward by James Pike and Eugene Blake, one concludes that there lies before us mountains of committee work, mass meetings and speeches, maybe a procession or two, and when it is all over the work of the church will still be done by the thousands of ordinary preachers in ordinary congregations who start out again on a Monday morning hoping to possess their souls and protect their integrity as they walk into their studies and wonder once again if maybe this week they might not be able to say or to live the Word of Life among their people.
I turn aside to give you a quotation but I shall be back. The quotation comes from a book called City of Wrong by Kamel Hussein. The ...1
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