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The one supreme need of the age is God, union and communion with that great First-Cause Personality and Power that makes for righteousness, progress, peace, and the realization of our highest and purest ideals.
We want God. We must have God. The hard, crass, cramping materialism of human life is choking us. The swelling surge within the breast of the modern man demands an uprise, and an outburst into a larger life.
This yearning of the human heart is universal. Vague and formless it is, of course, in many instances. . Just a dim, dumb instinct, like that of a fledglet in the nest, or a child in its crib, longing and craving for its mother, but none the less real, and deep, and pathetic.
I am not writing as a religious man. For the moment, and for argument's sake, I forget I am a Christian minister and worker. It is like begging the question to talk religion. I issue my challenge to strong men in other scenes of human activity. I address myself to statesmen, scientists, educationalists, to professional men, to merchant princes and plutocrats, to the governmental powers of the earth, and I ask, Is there not something wrong with the world? Has it not been wrenched from its orbit of orderly progress; and who can tell whither it is journeying? And do you not