Before They Adjourn by T. De Witt Talmage

T. DeWitt Talmage

Psalm, 105: 22: "And teach his senators wisdom."

Senators in this text stand for law-makers. Joseph
was the Lord Treasurer of the Egyptian government,
and among other great things which he did, according
to my text, was to teach his senators wisdom; and if
any men on earth ought to be endowed with wisdom,
it is senators, whether they stand in congresses or
parliaments or reichstags or assemblies or legislatures.
By their decisions nations go up or down. Law-
makers are sometimes so tempted by prejudices, by
sectional preferences, by opportunity of personal ad-
vancement, and sometimes what is best to do is so
doubtful that they ought to be prayed for and encour-
aged in every possible way, instead of severely criti-
cised and blamed and excoriated, as is much of the
time the case. Our public men are so often the target
to be shot at, merely because they obtain eminence
which other men wanted but could not reach, that
more injustices are hurled at our national Legislature
than the people of the United States can possibly
imagine. The wholesale belying of our public men
is simply damnable. By residence in Washington I
have come to find out that many of our public men are
persistently misrepresented, and some of the best of
them, the purest in their lives and most faithful in the
discharge of their duties, are the worst defamed.
Some day I want to preach a sermon from the text
in II. Peter: "They are not afraid to speak evil of
dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in
power and might, bring not railing accusation against
them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute
beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of
the things that they understand not." So constant
and malignant is this work of depreciation and scan-
dalization in regard to our public men that all over
the land there are those who suppose that the city
of Washington is the centre of all corruption; while,
wh ...

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