Distrust Sermon Illustrations

Distrust Sermon Illustrations

The folly of snap judgments of others is well illustrated by the story of the late Bishop Potter of New York. He was sailing for Europe in one of the great trans­atlantic liners. When he went on board, he found another passenger was to share the cabin with him. After going to see his accommodation, he came up to the purser's desk and inquired if he could leave his gold watch and other valuables in the ship's safe. He explained that ordinarily he never availed himself of that privilege, but he had been to his cabin and had met the man who was to occupy the other berth and, judging from his appearance, he was afraid that he might not be a very trustworthy person. The purser accepted the responsibility of caring for the valuables and remarked: 'It's all right, Bishop, I'll be very glad to take care of them for you. The other man has been up here and left his for the same reason.'—Sunday School Times

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