He That Hath Two Coats
Giving his own shoes to one in need.
“He that hath two Coats ”
Here is a vivid example of the way in which Clifford tried to give literal fulfilment to the challenge of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, “ experimenting ” as he called it. It was on that summary of our Lord’s ideal that he tried more and more to base his own discipleship. To his sister Ruth he wrote on June 9 : “ I have a little room downstairs where I can receive all inquirers. The sayyed has been up from Seh-deh; he wants to be baptized. He was here the other evening : he had on a very old pair of gihvehs, Persian shoes, and I happened to have on a new pair which I was wearing in for long tramps in the holidays. He mentioned the facts of the case, comparing our shoes, and then said that verse about ‘ he that hath two coats. . . .’ I felt it was a definite challenge to see if we tried to live up to what we preached, so I quietly took off my shoes and told him to ‘ carry on.’ Also he asked for a pair of socks, so I gave him a choice of my shoes and two pairs of socks ! It’s all great fun with these fellows and of course they can’t understand why we have more than one pair of shoes ! ”
“ I don’t think,” writes a friend of this incident, “ that Clifford gave him the shoes because he wanted to win him for Christ or because he thought it was the right thing to do ; but because he was really fond of him, liked him, loved him, though the rest of us could see nothing lovable about the man.”