'spiritual nature; and, by so doing, worship ''The
But when they leave the house of worship,
they leave their God behind them; and when
they arrive at home, tb^ey have no Church there,
no altar there, no God there.
In such families no child can be trained as
God would have him trained. Indeed, the ma¬
jority of parents think not of the will of the
Almighty Father in the training of a child.
'I say "The Unknown God," because, practically, the
greater number of professing Christians seem not to know
the God whom they profess to love and to serve. They
seem not to know that God requires every Christian fam¬
ily to do what he commanded every Jewish family to
perform, which was " to have a consecrated home." Con¬
secrated to his worship morning and evening; consecrated
to the domestic training of children in the love of God,
and in the fear of God; consecrated to education as well
as to worship; so consecrated that the home shall be both
a Church and a school (house); so consecrated, that the
father and the mother shall be ministering priests at the
family altar, and competent teachers in the family school
(house); the first priests to lead their offspring up to God's
altar; the first teachers to develop the intellect, the heart,
and the will of their children in the fear of God, and in the
love of God, for the well-being—not of one favored race to
the exclusion, damage, and oppression of every other
race—but for the well-being of our common humanity.
Such is the God, and such the will of the God, whom the
Bible meals to all sincere and earnest persons who seek
to know him. (See Deut vi, 1-9, and v, 29; Eph. vi,
1-4.) In a word, to a majority of the so-called Christians
the God of the home is " The Unknown God."