Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 163 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
places. It would be well for the cause of Christianity
in our land and world, that the missionary spirit was
more extensively cultivated in the churches of the North
and East. It is not an unreasonable supposition that,
upon proper examination of this subject, duty might
impose itself upon private Christians to emigrate,
mainly for the influence which they might be able to
exert in the promotion of piety and evangelical religion.
It would be truly gratifying to see several members
of the same church, from a highly privileged country,
where a high-toned spirit of piety had been nurtured,
coming to Texas, and bringing along those holy and
sanctifying influences with them! Such an emigration
would tend greatly to elevate the standard of vital piety.
We would suggest the importance of members of Christ's
body in the northern and eastern churches taking this
subject into consideration, and inquire how far their
Lord and Master requires their services in the work of
spreading and sustaining the institutions of the gospel
in Texas. In support of the propriety of the suggestion,
we will make use of the sentiment of a distinguished
divine of the United States, who, with true
Christian philanthropy, casts his eye to the wide moral
wastes and desolations on the one hand, and on the
other the superabundant blessings, and makes it very
apparent that a great error is existing in the churches
in the neglect of action upon this subject.
" Churches in favored portions of country greatly err
in neglecting or refusing to colonize when they ought,
and as they ought. What would you have us to do ?
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/163/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .