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Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high
things, but condescend to men of low estate.

Rom. 12: 16.

Paul speaks of the temporal affairs of men, teaching mutual
appreciation of one another's calling and character, offices and
works, and that none is to esteem himself better than another
because of these. The shoemaker's apprentice has the same
Christ as the prince or the king; the woman, the same as the
man. While there are various occupations and external distinctions
among men, there is but one faith and one Spirit.

But this doctrine of Paul has long been dishonored. Princes,
nobles, the rich and the powerful, reflect themselves in them
selves, thinking they are the only men on earth. Even among
their own ranks one aspires to be more exalted, more noble and
upright, than another. Their notions and opinions are almost
as diverse as the clouds of heaven. They are not of the same
mind in external distinctions. One does not esteem another's
condition and occupation as significant and as honorable as his
own. True, there must be the various earthly stations, characters
and employments; but it is heathenish, unchristian and
worldly for one to entertain the absurd idea that God regards
a certain individual a better Christian than another upon the
contemptible grounds of his temporal station, and not to perceive
that in God's sight these conditions make no difference. God
treats men alike. He gives his Word and his Spirit to the lowly
as well as to the high. "High things" have their place and they
are not pernicious. But to "mind" them, to be absorbed in them
with the whole heart, to be puffed up with conceit because of
our relation to them, enjoying them to the disadvantage of the
less favored — that is heathenish.

Where would the wealthy and the powerful be if there were
no poor and humble? As the feet support the body, so the low
support the high. The higher class, then, should conduct themselves
toward the lowly as the body holds itself with relation
to the feet; not "minding" or regarding their lofty station, but
conforming to and recognizing with favor the station of the
lowly. Christ conducted himself with humility. He did not
deny his own exaltation, but neither was he haughty toward us
by reason of it. He did not despise us, but stooped to our
wretched condition and raised us by means of his own exalted
condition.

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