| Quote #10
"I's faith to believe that day will come," said Tom, earnestly, and with tears in his eyes; "the Lord has a work for Mas'r."
Though Tom longs for his freedom, he is unwilling to leave his "master" as long as St. Clare has not made a profession of faith. In a few words, Tom drives home two important points: every individual can and should make a difference, and a loving God wants people to care for one another and redress evils.
| Quote #11
St. Clare read on in an animated voice, till he came to the last of the verses.
St. Clare begins to realize that the wealthy of the world who fail to help the poor won’t make it to heaven. He discovers that sins of omission (failures to act) are just as serious as sins of commission (wrong actions). It’s not enough to avoid doing harm – you have to actively do good.
| Quote #12
"My view of Christianity is such," he added, "that I think no man can consistently profess it without throwing the whole weight of his being against this monstrous system of injustice that lies at the foundation of all our society; and, if need be, sacrificing himself in the battle. That is, I mean that I could not be a Christian otherwise, though I have certainly had intercourse with a great many enlightened and Christian people who did no such thing; and I confess that the apathy of religious people on this subject, their want of perception of wrongs that filled me with horror, have engendered in me more scepticism than any other thing." (28.104)
St. Clare has avoided becoming a Christian because he realizes the enormous moral burdens that his conscience would cause him. Although he is weak-willed and has failed to act, he’s not a hypocrite in this sense – he won’t call himself a Christian unless he really behaves with complete love and justice – and becomes an abolitionist, too.