"The British Confidence,"the twenty-fifth tanker to be built at the Clydebank shipyard of John Brown and Company since the war was named and launched today by Mrs.
"The British Confidence,"the twenty-fifth tanker to be built at the Clydebank shipyard of John Brown and Company since the war was named and launched today by Mrs. James Callaghan, wife of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. This is the eleventh tanker to be built for the B.P. Tanker Company as since nineteen fifty one the firm have not been without British Petroleum ships under construction or on order. They have totalled nearly half a million tons deadweight, but no further orders for these owners are in hand at the moment. Mr. John Brown, deputy chairman of the Clydebank firm, said that the shipbuilders were not asking for feather bedding, but merely the exercise by the government of the powers they possess to assist the industry. The government should consider the invisible earnings of British shipping. In the last year these had been valued at over seventy million pounds. Mr. Brown thought that a contribution of this magnitude to the exports side of this country's balance of payment was surely justification for some encouragement. The Government should allow ships built in United Kingdom yards for British owners to qualify for the export rebate concession which is available to their foreign rivals. Mr. Eric Drake, a deputy chairman of the British Tanker Company said that "The British Confidence" would carry crude oil from the Middle East and would no doubt be seen at Finnart on Loch Long with cargoes for refining at Grangemouth which would meet the needs, among others, of the Scottish market. The Scottish market was a very good one. The had not yet go that the full figures for nineteen sixty four ??? but on the basis of the first tree quarters of the year they could estimate that Scottish consumption was up about eleven per cent compared with eight and a half per cent for the United Kingdom as a whole.
What enables a man to achieve anything of note is a vision of it already done. Imagination is the mainspring of action. Vision is the trigger of the will.
An old craftsman I used to know, a joiner, always studied what he had to do at some length, "I like to see the job done before I begin it," he used to say. You've got to see the garden a mass of bloom in your mind's eye before you begin to dig it in the Spring. You've got to see yourself a doctor or a lawyer or a minister before you have any stomach for study. I was once shown a piece of needle-work with 100,000 stitches. It was only just begun, but the lady who was sewing it had no doubts. She had a lecture in front of her of what it would be like when it was finished. Where there's will there's a way, and there's a will wherever there is a vision to sustain it.
"See, I have given into thine hands - Jericho."
Next week and the week after in the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, we shall face the world with all its threats to our peace - the hungry continients, the dangerous intriguings of the Middle East, the cauldron which is Africa, the vast unhealthy isolated enigma of China. In our own country we shall ??? made aware of the steady erosion of moral standards, the increase in drinking and gambling, the entrenched power of those who oppose God. Sometimes it seems that even in 1900 years, Christianity has made hardly any breach at all in the bastions of evil.
With Christ, they saw Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
This is the conviction we must recapture. We must stop apologising for the Church and stop fearing for the Church and pleading for the Church. Of course the Church has weaknesses and blemishes. Of course we must avoid any kind of churchly imperialism. The church must not try to gobble the world like some vast boa-constrictor. We dare not identify the reign of Christ with the dominations of clerics.
But that should not make us hesitate boldly to claim both the world and the Church for Christ. His kingdom will spread in the world, the battlements of evil will crumble. That we know, for it is God's world. The things that defile it - war and bloodshed, poverty and cruelty, error and injustice are clean contrary to His will. They can be destroyed and they shall be. It is for us to believe that they will, and humbly and obediently set about doing it in the way that Christ has commanded, by patience and self-sacrifice and self-denial and by humble strategy of the cross of Christ.
Foolishness and weakness seemed the cross of Christ, but through the ages it has proved to be the power of God for the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
If you and I believed God - really believed him and were content to use his methods, the walls of the enemy would fall like weeds before a scythe and the Church of Christ make such an advance as she has never known. That