When Parson Says Lie We All Lie
For generations parson has implored us to “let truth prevail.” After all these years parson has taken to showing us how to do it—as the following witnesseth. The occasion was a recent “patriotic meeting in the park” at Grays (Essex), and I quote that excellent local dish-cloth, the “Grays and Tilbury Gazette.”
“The Rev. Willis Bryars, who is a member of the Grays Volunteer Training Corps, also spoke urging his hearers to ask themselves were they worthy of the great sacrifices which men were making for them. Let the young men come forward and do their best. Even if they were but 17 he would forgive them, though he was a parson, if they told the recruiting officer that they were 19—(laughter) and he was quite sure the Lord would too. (Applause.)”
Ah ! that got ’em proper. People do like to know the Lord’s view of these little things that require parson’s forgiveness. But though every one can appreciate the terrible risk the Rev. Willis Bryars is taking in attaching himself to the Grays Volunteer Training Corps, and must feel how very fortunate it was that the devout man could feel such honest confidence regarding himself as enable him to implore his audience to ask themselves whether they were “worthy of I he great sacrifices which men were making for them,” still it seems to my mind that what was needed was not so much parson’s telling us how to let truth prevail as showing us how to do it. Personal example goes such a long way ; and from my knowledge of the Lord I am sure he would freely forgive Mr. Bryars, though he is a parson, if he told the recruiting officer that he is only 40, even if he is 45, and for my part I would too.