Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1920-1921 Page: 26
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26 ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
and that by the clearer thinking and broader culture that comes
through the study of the Word of God, they may grow into full grown
men and women in the Lord.
WHAT WE CANNOT DO
We cannot always succeed in making over the boy that has been
allowed to "go wild" or "to the bad" at home. We make unusual effort
to inspire and develop noble ideals, but we do not always succeed.
It is, however, a pleasure to us to assist parents in conserving the spiritual
life of their children. We believe no better place can be found
for the development of the better side of a student's life.
Though we are patient and forbearing to a great extent, we often
decide that the greatest good to the greatest number demands that
insubordinate students be sent home. We cannot afford to keep indefinitely
in our group any boy or girl who will demoralize other students
or be the occasion of leading others astray.
We cannot make preachers. We do not propose to try such a
thing. We do offer tht best environment we can for rapid development
of the Christian character, and we offer courses of especial value
to those who are to become public ministers of the gospel. A soul
may be more likely to develop into a public servant here than he would
elsewhere, for we seek to enlist all Christians in active service as they
feel disposed to render; but only the grace of God can lead people to
be true servants. We often succeed in leading people to accept the
Christ. We also are used of the Lord in impressing His call on the
hearts so as to lead some of them to respond. We do not manufacture
preachers or try to uphold the notions of "clergy" and "laity" in any
ecclesiastical sense. We magnify the importance of Christian living
in every field. The noble appeal of the public Christian ministry is
held up as such, to which individuals may or may not decide to give
We cannot outline courses that are the best to be had and at the
same time are the easiest to master. In other words, we cannot do the
work for the students. We have the reputation, among those who come
here for the first time and stay for a passing acquaintance at least, of
being "the workingest bunch of folks" one almost ever saw. If students
are looking for an easy thing, they should go somewhere else.
To finish with us one must work hard. We make our courses count
for as much as we can, not making them difficult just because we can
do so. We arrange our lessons in the most logical and scientific manner
we know, and still our standards are such that there is left a great
deal of really hard work for the students. Of course, people informed
today know that education must be defined in terms of experience and
not as property to be donated or sold for money.
We cannot keep students from spending too much money when
their parents consent to permit the opening of accounts or allow students
to check at liberty on a bank account. We exercise our strongest
energies to persuade students to have enough respect for others less
fortunate financially to be temperate in their expenditures and other
things. The school does not profit from such extravagances, though it
does have to bear much of the blame. We try to show Ithat the
Christian spirit is far from extravagance in any form, and that there is
a great need for all any one can afford to give with a willing heart.
Almost every year we get letters asking us to "keep my son or my
daughter from spending so much money." We take this opportunity
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