Our Modern Temples
Great Temples, or Cathedrals, have been erected
throughout the civilized world. Their founders doubtless were inspired
more or less to emulate Solomon and Herod in their great Temples of the
past. No fault need be found with these from some standpoints. All the
circumstances being equal, it would be a shame for Christians to meet for
Divine worship under conditions inferior to those of their homes. In many
instances, however, the people who have donated the money for the erection
and upkeep of these buildings have been extremely poor, and have been
cajoled into the expenses by misleading sophistries.
In the days of Jesus and the Apostles, it was not
considered "Christian work" to raise money for Church purposes.
Today money-raising is the ideal "work for Jesus." The Apostles
taught that the real work of the Church of Christ is not to build up
costly edifices beyond their means, involving them in debt, but to build
themselves up in the most holy faith. "The Temple of God is holy,
which Temple ye are," "if so be that the Spirit of Christ dwell
in you." God's people are the living stones under Divine supervision,
being shaped and polished for places in the Glorious Spiritual Temple.
Through that antitypical Temple, God will send His blessings. The removal
of the curse, and the wiping away of all tears, will follow.
While using these modern Temples, let us not forget that
they are not the real Temple, or Church. It is composed of the saints of
God, who day by day are seeking to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, in the
service of the Truth, "doing good to all men as they have
opportunity, especially to the household of faith." If inclined to
criticize our forefathers for building costly Cathedrals while neglecting
the Bible, let us remember that coming generations may make similar or
worse comments on us for building scores of costly Dreadnaughts for injury
to our fellows. With what shame we will look back upon our own faults! The
thought should make us humble.