24 AFRO-AMEl M< 'AN ENCYCLOPAEDIA.
do all things in him that strengtheneth (endynamites) me." What
saj*s the gospel? "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel."
"For it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that be¬
lie veth"—"Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." So
long as we walk in such light as that, there is no pessimism, not
even a shade of doubt.
Again, says this same gospel, 1 Thess. ii. 3, 4, For our exhortation
is not of error nor of uncleanness, nor in guile ; but even as we have
been approved of God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak;
not as pleasing men, but God, which proveth our hearts. That is,
we were made by Christ, at his ascension, trustees < if his Gospel, for
the benefit of all mankind. Shall not this stir up our consciences?
A trustee must be faithful. Have wre, as individuals, or as a church
of Jesus Christ, done our duty to the negroes? At the judgment
seat of Christ it will be too late to attempt an answ7er. It is called
to-day. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me," said Jesus, "because
he hath anointed me t< > preach the g-ospel to the poor ; he hath sent
me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are
bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." Man can have
no higher duty, he can enjoy no more sanctifying privilege than to
do the works and speak the words of God to men everywhere. Is
there a finer field in our South-land for preaching Christ than is af¬
forded by the negroes? Humble, bound by Satan in chains of lust,
enslaved to sin, blinded by the god of this world, ignorant of the
time of (rod's calling—among such, surely ought the gospel to be
The Southern Presbyterian Church is just entering upon the great
evangelistic period of its histoiy. For the coming- of this time God
has been patiently preparing us. He has endowed us with a pure
doctrine and an adaptable polity. lie has enlarged our borders. He
has filled our barns with plenty. He has unstopped our ears to the
eiyof the heathen. He has opened our eyes to the destitution at
home. He has been perfecting us by the sufferings of persecution,
dissension and discord from within and from without. Uniform and
unified we stand before him to-day. In his own hand-writing he
gives us our ploblems. The great home-problem is how to evange¬
lize our colored fellow-citizens, who are our friends and neighbors.
Surely, God's people will not halt now. To halt will be to retreat.
With heart and head and hand, intelligently, wisely, humbly, pa-