God Give Us Men!
GOD, give us men!
A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty, and in private thinking;
For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
Their large professions and their little deeds,
Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.
Josiah Gilbert Holland
These are the men we need for such a time as this! God give us men. In this moment of cheap nationalistic flatteries, mad materialism and the crude ambition of empty celebrity, this prayer rings desperately true. The modern embrace of a hapless mediocrity has left us with a reservoir of leadership that can hardly comprehend the manner of man called for in this prayer. Even more frightening, it has left us with a public that might fail to recognize or appreciate such a man in their midst. Still such men carry with them their own reward and trust in providence, if not posterity, to ultimately justify their faith. God give us men!
A Friend of the Crucified,