Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 137 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
to exert her legitimate influence, as " a city set on a
hill whose light cannot be hid," and the demand is upon
all as truly as upon any. " There is a field of conflict
in which each soldier may and ought to be a hero."
Are there not active, energetic and self denying Christians,
who will stand on the " watch tower" for guarding
the religious interests of Huntsville, and use their
direct and united influence in raising them to as high
a point of eminence, as worldly men are determined to
raise their objects in worldly consequence ? The children
of this world should not be permitted to manifest
a greater degree of wisdom for the accomplishment of
their ends, than do " the children of light."
In the eagerness of the citizens of Huntsville to ornament
the town with public buildings, churches have
been, evidently, overlooked. Its prosperity, to the eye
of an observer, would warrant, at least, one church
edifice; but even this, at the present, is wanting, and
the deficiency manifests, that this object has not awakened
that degree of enthusiasm, which has gathered
around others of minor importance. The honor of the
town demands that it should possess this specific mark
of worship to Almighty God.
Some lenity, however, is to be extended towards
Huntsville, on account of the present smallness of the
different religious denominations, as no single one has
been sufficiently strong to erect a church by itself.
The community of professed Christians embraces all
the varieties, consequently each denomination is comparatively
few and feeble, as yet.
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/137/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .