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 The Church Walking with the World

[b]The Church Walking with the World[/b]

by Matilda C. Edwards

The Church and the World walked far apart
On the changing shores of time,
The World was singing a giddy song,
And the Church a hymn sublime.

“Come, give me your hand,” said the merry World,
“And walk with me this way!”
But the faithful Church hid her gentle hands
And solemnly answered “Nay!

I will not give you my hand at all,
And I will not walk with you;
Your way is the way that leads to death;
Your words are all untrue.”

“Nay, walk with me but a little space,”
Said the World with a kindly air;
“The road I walk is a pleasant road,
And the sun shines always there.

Your path is thorny and rough and rude,
But mine is broad and plain;
My way is paved with flowers and dews,
And yours with tears and pain.

The sky to me is always blue,
No want, no toil I know;
The sky above you is always dark,
Your lot is a lot of woe.
There’s room enough for you and me
To travel side by side.”

Half shyly the Church approached the World
And gave him her hand of snow;
And the old World grasped it and walked along,
Saying, in accents low:

“Your dress is too simple to please my taste;
I will give you pearls to wear,
Rich velvets and silks for your graceful form,
And diamonds to deck your hair.”

The Church looked down at her plain white robes,
And then at the dazzling World,
And blushed as she saw his handsome lip
With a smile contemptuous curled.

“I will change my dress for a costlier one,”
Said the Church, with a smile of grace;
Then her pure white garments drifted away,
And the World gave, in their place,
Beautiful satins and shining silks,
Roses and gems and costly pearls;
While over her forehead her bright hair fell
Crisped in a thousand curls.

“Your house is too plain,” said the proud old World,
“I’ll build you one like mine;
With walls of marble and towers of gold,
And furniture ever so fine.”

So he built her a costly and beautiful house;
Most splendid it was to behold;
Her sons and her beautiful daughters dwelt there
Gleaming in purple and gold.

Rich fairs and shows in the halls were held,
And the World and his children were there.
Laughter and music and feasts were heard
In the place that was meant for prayer.

There-were cushioned seats for the rich and the gay,
To sit in their pomp and pride;
But the poor who were clad in shabby array,
Sat meekly down outside.

“You give too much to the poor,” said the World.
“Far more than you ought to do;
If they are in need of shelter and food,
Why need it trouble you?

Go, take your money and buy rich robes,
Buy horses and carriages fine;
Buy pearls and jewels and dainty food,
Buy the rarest and costliest wine.

My children, they dote on all these things,
And if you their love would win
You must do as they do, and walk in the ways
That they are walking in.”

So the poor were turned from her door in scorn,
And she heard not the orphan’s cry;
But she drew her beautiful robes aside,
As the widows went weeping by.

Then the sons of the World and the Sons of the Church
Walked closely hand and heart,
And only the Master, who knoweth all,
Could tell the two apart.

Then the Church sat down at her ease, and said,
“I am rich and my goods increase;
I have need of nothing, or aught to do,
But to laugh, and dance, and feast.”

The sly World heard, and he laughed in his sleeve,
And mockingly said, aside:
“The Church is fallen, the beautiful Church;
And her shame is her boast and her pride.”

The angel drew near to the mercy seat,
And whispered in sighs her name;
Then the loud anthems of rapture were hushed,
And heads were covered with shame.

And a voice was heard at last by the Church
From Him who sat on the throne:

“I know thy works, and how thou hast said,
‘I am rich, and hast not known
That thou art naked, poor and blind,
And wretched before my face;’
Therefore from my presence cast I thee out,
And blot thy name from its place.”

 2007/8/26 4:47

 Re: The Church Walking with the World

Hi Bro Corey

Thank you for this post. Nothing I say below is intended to detract from its impact in any way. This really hits hard! Terrible, terrible, terible - and oh so true!

It's only one part of it though. Those of us who [i]see[/i] the danger of the world and seek to keep our garments clean, are at the greatest risk of a more subtle evil. An evil hidden even from our own hearts unless the Lord has mercy on us. In India fewer people are probably killed by the cobra than by the small, dusty, secretive krait, which you don't notice until you step on it.

Why did the Pharisees hate Jesus, while the out-and-out sinners loved Him? The same thing that makes some on SI resist this kind of warning. Which is the reason I warn once again. Whether you take heed or not is not my responsibility, but I have to warn.

The biggest danger for us earnest Christians who strive to please the Lord, is not the glamour and the glitz; not the prosperity instead of the "Pearl", but our own clothes, our own vain attempts at righteousness, instead of the wedding garment of His provision.

I know this danger personally - better than the danger of "worldliness" because of having been "born and brought up in the dark Stoic halls of legalism and self-attempted righteousness. Which was no righteousness because it wasn't HIS.

It's taken many years, even up till recently, to begin to shake free of this most deadly thing that gripped my soul.

Take heed brethren. Ask the Lord if you too are in mortal danger from this poison. Repentance is often harder for those who cling to their own righteousness, but you are in good company, Paul did it!

And later he had to oppose brother [i]Christians[/i] who tried to go back to this same bondage that the Lord had freed him from.

in Him


 2007/8/26 8:12

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