During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, the British government began to run low on silver for coins.
Lord Cromwell sent his men to the local cathedral to see if they could find any precious metal there.
After investigating they reported: "The only silver we can find is in the statues of the saints standing in the corners."
To which the radical soldier and statesman of England replied: "Good! We'll melt down the saints and put them in circulation!"
That brief but direct order states the essence of the practical goal of authentic Christianity. Not rows of silver saints crammed into the corners of cathedrals, but melted saints circulating through the mainstream of humanity.
Source: Chuck Swindoll, Insight for Living, 21 May 2010