Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Preface to 150 Years of Presbyterianism in the Ohio Valley 1790-1940

Macauley somewhere intimates that those who have no pride in their forbears are likely to leave little that their descendants can take pride in. Our pioneering progenitors were men and women unafraid. They had convictions that steeled them against cowardice. Trusting in a fore-ordaining God, the events and circumstances of the changing scene were related to Eternal Patterns.

Our comforts, made possible by the privations of the Fathers, may yet prove our ruin. Unless we, in their spirit, meet the perils that multiply in our own time, dire things shall surely befall us. We have become soft. Sacrificial devotion to great causes, spending and being spent, frontier simplicity and directness practiced in some form—these things seem necessary to every generation lest moral fibre disintegrate. Active practice of the right is our salvation; not mere denunciation of evil.

Many “isms” of our time have become living religion to millions of people. We need to beware lest the Religion that lived in our Fathers degenerate, in us, to a mere “ism.”

Again we join fervently in the ancient prayer to God of every generation—theirs and ours—“Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children, and let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us, yea the work of our hands, establish Thou it.”

Jesse Halsey
General Chairman of the 150th Anniversary Committee

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