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“Some years ago a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ was riding in a railway carriage, when two men entered the car and took the seat in front of him. One of them took a bottle out of his pocket, drank of its contents, and then passed it over to his companion. This was repeated a number of times. By and by the men began to swear - a stream of profanity issued from their mouths. Meanwhile the Christian held a little conversation with himself.

‘Henry, that man belongs to the devil.’

‘There is no doubt of that.’

‘He is not ashamed of it.’

‘Not a bit ashamed.’

‘Whom do you belong to?’

‘I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ.’

‘Are you glad or sorry?’

‘I am glad - very glad.’

‘Who in this car knows that man belongs to the devil?’

‘Why, everybody knows that for he has not kept it a secret.’

‘Who in this car knows you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ?’

‘Why, no one knows it, for you see I am a stranger around here.’

‘Are you willing they should know whom you belong to?’

‘Yes, I am willing.’

‘Very well. Will you let them know it?’

‘The Christian took a deep breath and began to sing.

“There is a fountain filled with blood Drawn from Immanuel’s veins; And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty stains.”

The singer had not concluded with the verse when the blasphemer turned around and looked at him with a face resembling a thunder cloud. The following conversation ensued:

‘What are you doing?’

‘I am singing.’

‘Well, any fool can understand that.’

‘I am glad you understand it.’

‘What are you singing?’

‘I am singing the religion of the Lord Jesus.’

‘Well, you quit.’

‘Quit what?’

‘Quit singing your religion on the cars.’

‘I guess not,’ said the Christian, ‘I don’t belong to the quit family; my name is Mead. For the last half hour you have been standing by your master; now for the next half hour I am going to stand up for my Master.’”

(Show Your Colors, from the Gospel Herald. Quoted in Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, 1956. Reprint 1990, p125).

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