A Summary of Clarine Kooiker’s Essay Prepared by Gertrude De Vries
We as Christian young people should always be striving for one goal. That goal is a more godly attitude, a godly attitude toward the church and most of all to God himself. In striving for that goal we cannot serve God and mammon. The Bible says that is impossible. It is also impossible to remain neutral and sway to and fro with the whims and fancies of this world. But we as Christian young people must forsake the world and all those who love sin and darkness and those who do all in their power to work against God.
There is definitely a sharp dividing line. On one side the Christian stands alone, and on the other side the devil and his hosts. There is no in between. The Christian has a difficult time to stand his position. So often he is tempted by that old nature which is always present. It causes wrong desires to arise in our minds and some, which to our disgrace, are carried out. Take for example when we join the church for carnal reason or do not join at all.
Our attitude toward the church should be clearly manifested in us. In that we as Protestant Reformed Youth have a special task to perform. We must show ourselves as a distinct people in this world which is corrupt to the very core. In order to perform that task we must love the Lord our God with all our heart. It is our calling to watch and pray. If we do that we will be developing that godly attitude.
Be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.