boast. We have a grasp on the sympathy and confidence
of the masses which is immeasurable. We stand
for principles that are the incarnation of God’s
infinite thought and throbbing love. We are
equipped for conquest. What answer shall the
force make to the cry from the field? As loyal
Odd-Fellows, let us take our answer from the Great
Commander. What answer did He make to a dying
world? What did he come to do? He came
to lift fallen humanity. He came to bind up
the wounds of those who were bruised and bleeding.
He came to speak words of cheer and sympathy to hearts
bowed in sorrow. He came to break the chains
of bondage and restore mankind to its former beauty
and greatness. Our mission is identical with
His. Our work is identical with His work.
We are His representatives. Our highest destiny
is the working out of His purposes. The world
with all its boasted progress has not advanced beyond
the need of a Savior. It is the same at heart
now as it was when the blessed feet of Christ trod
its hills and valleys. Men change, but man changes
not. The same problems are confronting us as
confronted them. It may be trite, but it is
tremendously true, that our primary and ever-present
duty is to seek and save the lost. We are to
win them to faith in high and noble ends, and having
won them to faith in our mission is not enough.
They are to be instructed, cultured, enlarged, inspired,
ennobled, until man looking in the face of man shall
see the face of Christ shining through. He is
to be the accepted Lord and law-giver in every realm
of human thought and activity. He is to rule
in the family. He is to rule in business.
He is to rule until the demon of hate, malice and
injustice has been throttled. He must rule in
the affairs of state. He must rule in society,
until the watchers at the gate shall announce to Him
who sitteth upon the throne: “Thy kingdom
has come and thy will is done in earth as it is in
heaven.” Christ is the solution of man’s
most difficult problems. He came to save men.
How did He go about the task? He gave himself.
We can accomplish our task only as in burning earnestness
we give ourselves. What depth of humiliation,
what self-devotion, what unmeasured sacrifices, what
unspeakable suffering, what unfathomable anguish,
what toil and anxiety, what love and pity, what loneliness
and sorrow, are crowded into those three words, “He
If we as an order would give ourselves to the principles
taught by our institution, we could win the world
in the next half century. If we are to be truest
to the future, we must stand by the side of the Great
Teacher and proclaim a complete and perfect truth.
Our platform should be neither broader nor narrower
than His. If there is one truth in revelation
that we can not give its proper setting and due emphasis,
then we are not the keepers of God’s truth.
To my thinking, there are no organizations formed
by man that can appeal more confidently to the Word