Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth

 

Encourage believers to serve as “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” as Jesus said, with this compelling example of 19-century English Evangelicals (cited from The Call to Seriousness: The Evangelical Impact on the Victorians by Ian C. Bradley [New York: Macmillan Publishing Co, 1976]).

19th century English Evangelicals…

  • Ended the British slave trade,
  • Abolished sati (burning widows) in India,
  • Abolished infant sacrifice in India,
  • Banned child labor and many such abuses, and set the pace for other nations,
  • Initiated reforms to ban the torture of animals for sport, and similar abuses,
  • Rehabilitated prostitutes,
  • Reformed the English Parliament, creating guidelines for just government,
  • Brought education and other forms of relief to the destitute of England,
  • Initiated prison reforms that set the pace for almost all nations,
  • Brought about insane asylum reforms that set the pace for much of the world,
  • Started the first hospitals in many countries,
  • Started schools and universities in many countries that had few or none,
  • Introduced literacy into many people groups.

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