Excerpt from Christian Patriotism: A Sermon Delivered in the Representatives Hall, Lansing, Michigan, February 22, 1863
In accepting the invitation to occupy this Sabbath afternoon, with a discourse on National Affairs, I do so, not because I have any wisdom with which to enlighten, or any eloquence with which to persuade; but because I do not think that any man, however humble he may be, or to what-ever profession he may belong, has any right to stand aloof in the hour of his country's darkness and peril. He may be a Christian minister, but in becoming such, he is to be none the less a citizen or a man; nay, even the more, by virtue of his ministerial office, should he utter manly words, and true, in vindication of those changeless principles which lie at the foundation of the Divine Government, of all rightful human authority, and of all true and enduring national prosperity. Whether those, whose good opinion he values, shall approve or disapprove, he is nevertheless to be true to himself, to his God, and to his country; and wait in patience and in hope, the final approval of Him whose Embassador he is. The words which one of Shakespeare's heroes addresses to another, might most fittingly be spoken to every minister, to every statesman, and to every man, at such a time as this:
"I charge thee, Cromwell, Fling away ambition; love thyself last; Let all the ends thou aim'st at, be thy God's, Thy country's, and truth's; and then, if thou fall'st, 0 Cromwell, thou fall'st a blessed martyr."
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