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ILLUSTRATIONS OF BIBLE TRUTH

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A LOST OPPORTUNITY

Ambassador Wu Ting Fang was one of the most colorful oriental diplomats ever accredited to Washington. He came as the representative of the Chineese Empire and for several years occupied that post in this country. When he was recalled to China, it was announced that we would leave for his native land from New York City at a given date. Noticing that he would be in the metropolis over the Lord's Day, the pastor of the Chineese Church on the East Side sent him a polite letter inviting him to attend one of their services on that occaision.

The ambassador replied at once. In his letter he told how, when he first came to America, he had been intensely interested in the Christian religion, as he felt that it was in some very definite way the real source of the enlightened civilization of this great country. He said he then and there made up his mind that he would never refuse an invitation to attend a Christian service, if it were at all possible for him to accept. "I have been in this country six years," he wrote, "and yours is the first such invitation I have ever received!"

What a tragic commentary on the indifference of Christians to the need of those who are strangers to the gospel! Who can weigh aright the guilt of Christians who were aquainted whith this great statesman and never once attempted to win him for Christ? Let us all remember the admonition, "Redeeming the time (buying up opportunities) for the days are evil."



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