Prophets, speak for man where other voices belittle and vilify man. Although the pathos of men marred by sin pierces your minds, let God’s action to heal the broken thrill your hearts. Learn that moral renaissance, not pessimism, is the Christian answer to wrong.

You know what sin is. You are familiar with its grief when the jokes turn sour and the memory becomes a nightmare. You know sin’s deceit, its hurt and its guilt, and you know its victims yearn for healing, for more life, for life with God.

You understand the vitality of the human spirit. You see its origin in God and its urge toward God, and you understand its anguish when alienated from God. Speak, prophets; speak from the joy that knows sin cannot forever divide what God determines to unite, namely, himself and man. Stand up and point to Christ, who activates a people to champion man’s reconciliation with God, and with man.

Does leniency toward licentiousness or deference to “respectability” deter you from working for man’s moral renewal? Take those empty hearts, tormented minds, and outraged bodies to the community of grace. Prove that sin can be excised and persons incited to grow toward the stature of Christ. Quit dallying with growth in grace as a mere dogma: show that it is Christ achieving love’s verities in the common experiences of life. Illustrate the facts that lives stymied by sin’s tyranny can be released to total trust in Christ, can be sustained in the fellowship of shared strength, and shall become Christ’s new creation. You often proclaim the comfort of the Holy Spirit; good—now let your personality reveal that the joy of heaven has already penetrated earth’s sorrows. Inform the fallen that they do not need boot strap courage or dark despair: show ...

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