Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 166 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
are placed on a commanding eminence of influence and
power to do good.
What a distinguished English writer says of England,
is eminently true of the Christian Church in Texas.
" We want a better church to make a better country.
Without a better church, we cannot have a better country."
The moral renovation of this land is a mighty
achievement and requires the most ardent and energetic
piety. We want intelligence warmed with a holy enthusiasm,
and enthusiasm guided by intelligence; a religion
of power, of love, and of a sound mind; a religion combining
something of the enthusiasm of prophets, the zeal
of apostles, the self-denial of pilgrims, and the constancy
of martyrs. Our churches must be composed of
members strong in faith and fervent in prayer-of
members separated from the world, spiritually minded,
self-denying, rejoicing in hope, and waiting, looking,
and longing for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ;
of members who consider this world not so much a
place for present enjoyment, as of discipline, probation,
and preparation for future happiness. We cannot renovate
the land, and erect the altars of a pure spiritual
Christianity, as we are now. We shall do something.
We have done something; but we must do a great deal
more. We may have the blessing; but, unless our standard
of piety becomes more elevated, we shall not have
the fullness of the blessing. We may lay the wave
sheaf upon the altar, but we shall do little towards gathering
the harvest. We want money, we want laborers;
but there is something we want more than either; and,
Here’s what’s next.
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/166/: accessed November 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .