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LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY            565
These are but few facts, among multitudes which might be adduced, to show the self-denial, energy, patience, and honesty, which the slave has exhibited in a state of free­dom.
And let it be remembered that these individuals have thus bravely succeeded in conquering for themselves com­parative wealth and social position, in the face of every disadvantage and discouragement. The colored man, by the law of Ohio, cannot be a voter, and, till within a few years, was even denied the right of testimony in legal suits with the white. Nor are these instances confined to the State of Ohio. In all States of the Union we see men, but yesterday burst from the shackles of slavery, who, by a self-educating force, which cannot be too much admired,, have risen to highly respectable stations in society. Pen­nington, among clergymen, Douglas and Ward, among editors, are well-known instances.
If this persecuted race, with every discouragement and disadvantage, have done thus much, how much more they might do if the Christian Church would act towards them in the spirit of her Lord !
This is an age of the world when nations are trembling and convulsed. A mighty influence is abroad, surging and heaving the world, as with an earthquake. And is America safe? Every nation that carries in its bosom great and unredressed injustice has in it the elements of this last convulsion.
For what is this mighty influence thus rousing in all na­tions and languages those groanings that cannot be uttered, for man's freedom and equality ?
0 Church of Christ, read the signs of the times! Is not this power the spirit of Him whose kingdom is yet to come, and whose will to be done on earth as it is in heaven ?
But who may abide the day of his appearing ? " For that day shall burn as an oven: and he shall appear as a swift witness against those that oppress the hireling in his