Training in the Physiology Class.
With this installment of the general theme, “Training For Life’s Calling” we will bring the series to a close. The last subject taught in Christian schools which we will consider and which ought to have a specific treatment is Civics. It is a subject which must be taught our children, though they are citizens of the kingdom of heaven. In fact we would say that they must be taught it just exactly because they are citizens of that kingdom.
One of the most practical questions raised by the Heidelberg Catechism—and for that matter one of the most practical questions anyone in the church of God can raise today—is that question presented in Lord’s Day Twelve, “But why art thou called a Christian?”
There he goes, a pathetic figure indeed! Wounded in action upon the battlefield, he has suffered the loss of both lower limbs. Now he must propel himself in his wheel chair or be carried about by others. Wonderful gifts those feet and legs which made him relatively independent! Not appreciated are some of our members till we have to go through life without them! And here a block further down the street we see one crossing the busy thoroughfare with the help of his seeing-eye-dog. He has lost that precious gift of sight. Tragic that is too!
We called your attention last time to the fact that we can praise God only because He has created us with a most wonderful mind whose powers enable us to function as prophets. And by His grace and the work of regeneration through His Spirit as well as through the instrumentality of His Word, we can be prophets of the living God. In this connection we also began to call your attention to the great evil of closing our minds to that Word, thus abusing both our minds and the prophetic office.
If our eyes are the windows of our souls through which we look out into the world round about us and through which others look in to read what is in our souls, then our ears are doors through which the world comes into our souls. And then we may go one step further and say that our tongues are means whereby we project our thoughts and desires into the souls of others.
A few days after these lines appear in print, our churches will, the Lord willing, celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of our denomination.