[TO THE EDITOR OF THE WHITEHAVEN NEWS.]
Sir, - Will you kindly allow me a word on the question you have raised in the “News” on the words, “To order myself lowly and reverently to all my betters” - a part of the Church of England Catechism. I am induced to offer my opinion because of the effect your remarks may have on the Disestablishment Bill.
Christ said “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.” Why, if not because he has no one to whom he can order himself lowly, and reverently? Again Christ said, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars.” Then the Sacraments seem to me to teach us to order ourselves lowly and reverently. These, in one sense, are the command of the elder Brother to us, sanctioned by the Father, to order ourselves lowly and reverently to Him.
As to the meaning of the words as men and women I expect we are allowed to use our own judgment, that is, as far as we can justly do so.
With regard to “Brotherhood of man,” there are strong brothers and poor brothers, and it is difficult to see how a rich brother who has given something to a poor brother can order himself lowly and reverently to that brother, and yet the rich brother may be acting the part of the brother.
I entirely agree with a “Churchwoman.” - Yours
Cockan, Rowrah, 20th July, 1913.