RISKS OF APPEARING FOOLISH
William Barclay tells the story related by Rudyard Kipling of his meeting with General Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army: Kipling tells how on a world tour at a certain port General Booth boarded the ship. He was seen off by a horde of tambourine-beating Salvationists. The whole thing revolted Kipling’s fastidious soul. Later he got to know the General and told him how much he disapproved of this kind of thing. “Young man,” said Booth, “if I thought that I could win one more soul for Christ by standing on my hands and beating a tambourine with my feet I would learn to do it.” The real enthusiast does not care if others think he is a fool. Barclay, Letters to the Corinthians, p. 232
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