Quote of Note #108: Between the Humane and the Brutal

Washington County (Pennsylvania) Courthouse; Photo by GAC

“The real issue of our world today is between those who respect a man as a child of God and those who do not, between those who are humane and those who are brutal. It is not to be found between men who are for or against this cause or that; this group or that group; this or that sectional, national, or even interntional interest; but between those whose highest loyalty belongs to God, as best they know his will, and those whose highest loyalty belongs to some earthly concern.”

John H. Leith, “When Silence Is Treason” October 1957 in Pilgrimage of a Presbyterian: Collected Shorter Writings. Louisvile, KY: Geneva Press, 2001, page 52.


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