"LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE"
NZ Truth , Putanga 577, 8 Hōngongoi 1916, Page 12
" LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE "
• 4 Canons. Quarrel over Candles I have known him to indulge m profane, tm&enUemanly emphatics, When the Protestant Church has been divided upon the subject of the proper width of a chasuble's hem; I have even known him to sneer at albs, and as for dalmatics, Words can't convey an idea of the contempt he used to express for them. — "Bab Ballads." Wherever the conquering Anglo- Saxon goes, he takes his peculiar civilisation with him,' also his Church, and the special dissensions therein which hold the elect together m Christian brotherhood. The "Japan Chronicle" relates that the city of Kobe is all torn up at present over a serious dispute which has arisen m the English "All Saints' Church" m that city over the Question of whether candles shall or shall not be used at the eight o'clock | services^ there on alternate Sundays. The congregation has divided itself into "Candleites" and "Non-Candleites," and both sides are lining up to discover who may be sitting on the fence, on i the Biblical principle that "he that is not with us is against us." A referenl dum ballot has been sent out with the I following three questions: N [ OL Are you a Candleite? 2. Are you not a Candleite? 3. If neither, what are you? j The profane editor of the "Japan Chronicle" intimates that "The mere worldling would answer: 'What the hell are yon driving at?* But the mere worldling won't be asked. He doesn't belong on this candle proposition." There is, hints the aforesaid editor, a theory prevalent that this apple of discord was thrown among the faithful by a shrewd brother who saw that most of the congregation were rapidly going insane over the war, and started the candle controversy as a sort of mental diversion. lr this is so, it is some sort of a justification for the contest, and a rebuke to the sneers of the ungodly. ''Truth" trusts the Kobe candle will grow into a constellation and thro^ its beams afar, for its lighting was most certainly "a good deed m a naughty world." No doubt it will keep tbo congregation m question harmlessly occupied for a considerable time, and may afford also some amusement to our Yellow Ally and other piebald worldlings.