Also published in AG-News, Mon, 22 Sep 2014 – 1:47 PM CST
“Is it possible to maintain calm and serenity in the midst of the world-shaking storms that are raging today?”
Melvin Hodges (1909-1988), an Assemblies of God missionary to Central America, posed this question in the September 23, 1944, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel. Hodges proceeded to describe the seemingly intractable conflicts around the world. “Nations are locked in a struggle for their very existence,” he wrote, and countless people are killed “as opposing systems of government struggle [to maintain] their way of life.”
How should the Christian respond to such conflict? Hodges encouraged believers to exhibit “calmness and steadfastness.” Believers will stay “on a true course regardless of the storms that rage,” according to Hodges, if they have faith in the promises of God and submit to God’s will.
Significantly, Hodges admonished readers to reject the racism that had permeated vast segments of the world:
“We must not be moved from the love of God in our hearts toward all men by the spirit of racial hatred being fostered today. Some hold the Jew responsible for all the ills of the world. Others are moved to intense hatred of the enemy nations. Again, some manifest bitterness toward certain racial groups in America. This is not democratic, much less Christian. It is a false diagnosis of the ills of this sick world that places the blame for its troubles on the blood strain of a particular race rather than on the evil nature of all unregenerate mankind. Deprive any racial group of Christian influences, placing them under barbarous teachings and environment, and the resultant generation will be barbarians irrespective of their racial background.”
Christians must not assign blame for social problems to racial or cultural groups, according to Hodges. This wise counsel continues to be true today.
Read “Call to Calmness and Steadfastness” by Melvin Hodges on page 8 of the September 23, 1944, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
Also featured in this issue:
* “Why I Came to Egypt Thirty-Four Years Ago,” by Lillian Trasher
* “V Day,” by Lester Sumrall
* “Family Worship,” by Walter Scott
And many more!
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