Tke Gospel in Medical Practice
New Creatures in Christ No superficial work is sufficient to make us what we ought to be. We are to be changed through the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit. It will not be enough in the judgment to present to God a picture of what we claim to be. We will have to stand before Him ourselves. Thank God, we need not fear that test, for we are told that we may become new creatures in Christ Jesus. Here is the portrait of a Seventh-day Adventist as we see it delineated in the Scriptures. 1. He is washed through the.blood of the Lamb, so that in his deportment he shows forth the works of Christ. (1 John 1:7, 9.) 2. He is growing in grace daily, so that his life reveals - true progress in Christian experience. Being led by the Spirit, he accepts new Bible truth as it is revealed to him, no matter what the cost. (2 Peter 3:18; Prov. 4:18; John 16:13.) 3. He regards the seventh day as holy time, and orders his life accordingly. He looks upon this day as a time of joy and gladness, a time in which to reflect upon the power and mercy of the Lord. He makes the day a period of worship and not merely a time for physical recupera tion and social pleasure. He feels that he must carefully . guard his lips and his steps in order not to profane the sanctified moments of this day. (Ex. 20:8-11; Isa. 58:13.) 4. He lives in joyous expectation of Christ's coming. Daily he fervently prays, "Thy kingdom come." He orders his life, arranges his plans in such a manner as to witness to this hope. He labors and sacrifices with one great pur pose in mind—to hasten the return of His Lord. '(John 14:Jt-3; 2 Peter 3:11-14; Luke 21:28.) . 5. In whatever he,does, his eating, his drinking, his recreation, his dress, his manner of life, he seeks to witness to this change of life and bring honor to God. (1 Cor. 10:31.) i 6. He is not ashamed of the gospel of Christ but is ready to testify of the faith that is his. Neither is he bold and inconsiderate of the feelings of one who does not see as he does. (Rom. 1:16; 1 Peter 3:15; Col. 4:6.) 7. He is ambitious, not for his personal advancement, but for the truth that must be heralded to every land before the end can come. Thus he will serve in any ca pacity, as official, or as layman, as a worker at home or abroad, in the highways or in the byways if by this means he can help finish the work of God. (Matt. 20:28; 16:24; 24:14.) 8. He is full of faith and hope in a day when men's hearts are failing them for -fear. He has peace within that sustains him through the trials of the last days. (John 14:27; 16:33.) 9. He is never satisfied with his spiritual attainments, but keeps pressing on toward the goal of perfection in Christ Jesus. In this spiritual work he seeks, through prayer and study of the Bible and the Spirit of prophecy, the enlightenment and power that is needed for a victori- —ous Christiaa-experieaee-. (Phil. , 10. He acknowledges the sovereignty of God in the ' world and in his own life by paying a faithful tithe. (Prov. 3:9; Mal. 3:8-10.)' How Do You Measure Up? Thus we might continue enumerating the characteris- tics of one who is a member of God's remnant church. It is well for us to look at ourselves in the mirror of God's Word, as the apostle James suggests. But let us not behold ourselves and then straightway forget whatv manner of persons we are in the light of what God expects of us. How do you measure up, brother, sister, to the Bible portrait of those who will be ready to meet the Lord when He comes? It is not yet too late to make any needed • change in your life. And do not be discouraged at what you see today. You may have the assurance that tomorrow can be better than today. John declared, "This is the vic tory that overcometh the world, even our faith." 1 John 5:4. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony." Rev. 12:11. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure." 1 John 3:1-3. v Let us be thankful and rejoice that there is One who can keep us from falling and present us faultless before the presence of God. (Jude 24, 25.) F. L. Postscript to ,a Long Journey—Part 3 What Europe Teaches Us of Disappearing Gold OF ALL the impressions that take fast hold on your mind as you travel from Helsinki to Addis Ababa and from Tunis to Teheran, none stands out more prominently than this: the uncertainty of all worldly possessions. There was a time when Europe was not only the cultural and political center of the world but also the financial center. That day seems largely to be past; at least as far as the financial side is concerned. What happened to all the wealth of those lands that provided such a sense of security and comfort for a well-to-do class? In fact, where is the well-to-do class of Europe today? Where are the palatial homes in which they used to live? Where are the high-powered cars they used to drive? Where is the retinue of servants that used to wait upon them? In a great many instances all these evidences of material wealth have disappeared along with the people who once possessed them. Vanished Wealth Of course, even before the first world war there were broken-down castles. But then, we were' not much im pressed by that sight, for castles seemed to belong to'a faraway age, and the once rich and powerful inhabitants of them seemed like something out of a fairy book. So the lesson to be found in the forsaken castles did not im press us as perhaps it might. It is a little hard for us to realize that folk who lived several centuries ago were people as real as we are. They were sure that the society in which they moved was stable and permanent, and that the possessions they held were secure to them and to -thew-ehild-ren-after-tfeemT- But it is not of castles and departed knights that we are speaking. We did not visit medieval but rtiodern Eu rope. We did not turn the pages of a history book or a fairy book. We turned the corners of streets and turned our steps upward to hilltops to survey present-day cities _and .to jQoJoLtxe££jntlyJbeaMJtf:ulJiQmes. W_e_s.tilLrememr— her our brief stay at what had formerly been the summer residence of the richest Jewish family in 'Europe, the Rothchilds. We referred to the incident in our editorial correspondence. It is worth more than a brief mention. 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that was successful in the business world. It was a syno nym for wealth and prosperity in every form. The Roth- child family through the years had been brokers for kings, had lent money to governments. But the once mag nificent Rothchild's residence that housed our union session in Czechoslovakia spoke only of departed glory, of vanished wealth. The statuary, broken and disfigured, gave mute testimony of marauders. The once beautifully kept grounds, now untended, the lawns now unmown, reminded us of nothing so much as an unkempt vaga bond who has long lacked a haircut. Yet over those lawns, and along those garden paths, once strolled the elite of Europe. As we walked about we kept asking ourselves the question, "Where are the courtly gentlemen and the queenly ladies that once gave color and charm to this magnificent establishment?" The answer probably is that some of them were killed in war, some died in exile, some live in refugee camps, others are at large but in straitened circumstances, and a few perhaps still retain some posses sions. Inflation Takes Its Toll If ever the poet's words apply, that the old order chang- eth and men change with it, those words apply with re gard to the rich and their riches throughout that once- prosperous center of the world called Europe. Flames and explosives and war-inspired high taxation have caused piles of hoarded gold literally to dissolve, and just as literally have caused fine homes and furnishings to dis appear. Nor is this strange disappearance confined to a small class called the rich. A much larger class of moderately well-to-do people now finds 'itself in dire need. Even though many families protected a little of their savings from the onslaughts of high taxes, they have been quite unable to protect their small pile of gold from the in roads of inflation. Did we say gold? That is not precisely accurate. No family in Europe, or in virtually any other land, has a pile of gold, either large or small. In almost all countries gold was withdrawn from circulation years ago. It had to be given over to the government in ex change for paper money. That fact is not fully appreciated by most people, cer tainly not by us who live in the United States. Our paper money is backed by many billions of dollars of gold bur ied deep in the earth at Fort Rnox. But what about the paper money of many countries? Is there a large gold pile somewhere to back up that paper money? The answer is no in most instances. The streets of the great financial centers of the world are not paved with gold. Instead, the world is moving largely today on an economic high- • way paved with paper. Men might feel that they were liv ing safely in the lap of luxury while their feet rested on the solid ground of gold, but today such luxury as any possess in most all the lands of Europe is the precarious kind of luxury that is suspended on very thin paper. Men Fight and Die for Paper Men have fought and plotted and sold their souls for gold. We have come to a time when men sell their souls and fight and die for pieces of paper, for that is the only currency in circulation. Whether a man secures this - paper money by honorable labor or dishonorable schem ing, he may find that before he can transform it into food to eat, clothes to wear, or warmth for his home, its value has already shrunk. In recent decades one of the favorite themes of writers in America has been that of the young man who suddenly moved up from rags to riches, as we say. That theme has been used to excite the imagination and challenge the fervor of youth in this favored land. But the reverse of all this has been taking place in unnumbered lands in re- DECEMBER 18, 1947 cent years. There has been a transition from' riches tw rags—a very speedy transition, for it is always easier to' fall than to rise. We still see in our mind's eye the genteel, aging indi vidual who sat across from us in the dining hall of the- British Press Headquarters in Vienna. He talked of kings* and capitals, of ambassadors and chancelleries, of ball rooms and state functions, for he had been an ambas sador himself in the days when Vienna was a great capi tal of the world. Now he had only a room in which to> sleep, a poorly furnished room at that, and the privilege of eating at the journalists' dining table, which in Vienna: was not groaning under any load of food. The British had generously permitted him to keep the room he had when they occupied the city. To us this cultured, re served man, bereft of everything save his poise, his polish,, and his rich memory, was a living embodiment of a trag edy that has suddenly descended on the upper classes of Europe. They have largely lost their wealth and all the accompaniments of wealth—power, influence, pleasure, possessions, and a high sense of security as regards the morrow. We do not see how anyone could travel abroad today without acquiring a new sense of values, without seeing new force and meaning in Paul's inspired words: "The things which are seen are temporal." A new meaning, also, in Paul's reminder that we brought nothing into the world and it is certain we can take nothing out. In the case of the newly poor of Europe they have noth ing to take out of the world, unless it be a handful of paper money. The Moral of the Story The moral of this story ought to be too evident to re quire formal statement. We have often been exhorted? to give liberally to the cause lest in.the last great day our money go up in smoke or be thrown to the moles- and the bats. We need to revise our exhortation on this- point, for it looks now as though there may not be very much money for the fires of the last day to burn up, un less it be a very large pile of paper money, and there may not be many moles or bats to which to throw anything, for poison gas and atomic rays are as deadly to animal life as to human life. One of the marks of a true Christian in all ages has been that he thinks little of this world and much of the next, that he considers gold of 'small value, because he expects someday to walk upon it. If ever there was a people who ought to view- worldly possessions as a small matter, and who ought to give little thought about stor ing up wealth for the future, it is Seventh-day Adventists. We see with our own eyes the final appalling fulfillment of the prophetic declarations concerning the judgments that are to come upon a sinful world at the close of time. We cannot pile up gold if we would; there is no gold upon which we can lay our hands. So we hear much about investing one's wealth in such real things as land because land cannot disappear, whereas gold and paper money can. Land cannot disappear! Is any Adventist de luded by that kind of reasoning? We are a people who declare that the earth and all things there shall be burned up and the very elements melt with fervent heat. You can find places in Europe that have been subjected to such infernos that it is difficult to find where a certain piece of land lies. But Adventists believe that the inferno that is soon to consume this earth will leave no trace of lot or block in any city, or range marker or surveyor's stake on any country acreage. One of the greatest lessons that Europe and some other lands teach us today, is that we should not trust in riches, that we should not lay up treasures on earth. F. D. N.