By John A. Hostetler
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Some people search for a mysterious or soul-shaking experience. Thousands of people attend conventions, conferences, and programs, hoping to find the renewal they are looking for. Others in their loneliness flee to drink, immoral living, or even to religion in a neurotic way. Page 11 Will power is the answer proposed by others. By struggle, effort, and agony some persons actually attain a temporary feeling of security. But self-effort does not bring lasting satisfaction. Some people set their minds to conquer one sin at a time, hoping in the end to achieve virtue.
There is still another reason why true nonresistant love cannot support and sanction war. War severs Christ's body, the church, now found in almost every part of the world. " On these grounds our members of draft age serve in some type of civilian work assigned to them by draft boards as provided by law. Some of these men are in Europe building houses for homeless people. We thank God for governments that recognize Christian conscience, and we are grateful for the opportunity to give constructive work to our country and to mankind.
They need to love each other as God loves them. The masses of people in the world do not know redemptive love; they may have heard the name of Jesus, or they may know something about Christianity but they have never tasted the Page 28 love of God. Why? It costs everything to follow Jesus, and most people are not willing to pay the price. It may cost you your own ambitions, your plans, possibly your job, or your friends. But the rewards of peace with God and man are far more than all these things put together.