Thursday, January 28, 2010

the superstition of worldliness...

To assert the unity of God is not necessarily to assert a dry academic position, but a living basis for a vibrant religion.  Part two of Charles Timothy Brooks' sermon, "The Unitarian Idea:"

"To say that the Father is our one God is to say that parental love, in perfection, reigns through the universe, — it is the Unitarianism which asserts a perfect unity among all the attributes of the Godhead, between justice and mercy, between holiness and love. It is fatal to the blighting dogma of everlasting reprobation. If God can ever cease to deal as a father with his children, if he can ever disown them,— the moment we admit the possibility of such a time's coming, we give up our faith in the truth that to us there is one God, the Father. And He whom no change of worlds can change, is without variableness here.

Bewildering, indeed, is it to the mind and heart, — " reason stands aghast and faith itself is half confounded," — when we are required to acknowledge three supreme objects of worship ; — but even this, however distracting and distressing, is a far smaller evil than the practical polytheism in which the slaves of sense and passion cringe and burn incense before the " gods many and lords many," which the superstition of worldliness sets up, simultaneously or successively, in the place of the true God and Father of the spirit. Luck and chance, fate and fortune, custom and opinion, power, wealth, and fashion, such are some of the gods against which the revelation of One God, the Father, has to be held up before the eyes and hearts of men.

When the heart is once established in the faith of the unity of God, the Father, a beautiful and blessed unity will follow in that life which, under the One Father's Providence, man is called to live. In the expressive language of the apostle, he will be enabled to " wait upon the Lord without distraction..."

(illustration is the trading pit on Wall Street in the 1800's)

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