Monday, March 16, 2009

President Theodore Roosevelt - Sermon on August 6, 1905

On August 6, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt preached a 30-minute sermon to the Christian Brotherhood of Oyster Bay. Here is an excerpt with his thoughts on the meaning of brotherhood:

"The next quotation I wish to read to you is found in Matthew xxv., 37-40, inclusive:
"'Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee a-hungered and fed Thee, or thirsty and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger and took Thee in, or naked and clothed Thee, or when saw we Thee sick or in prison and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of My brethren ye have done it unto Me.'
"That is what this brotherhood means, by trying to worship our Creator, by acting toward His creatures as He would have us act, to try to make our religion a living force in our lives, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us."

From the New York Times, August 7, 1905

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