The Old Paths

   
 
  

  I liked the old paths, when  
  Moms were at home.
  Dads were at work.  
  Brothers went into the army.
  And sisters got married BEFORE having children!
  
  Crime did not pay;
  Hard work did;
  And people knew the difference.

  Moms could cook;
  Dads would work;
  Children would behave.
  
  Husbands were loving;
  Wives were supportive;
  And children were polite.
  
  Women wore the jewelry;  
  And Men wore the pants.
  Women looked like ladies;
  Men looked like gentlemen;
  And children looked decent.
  
  People loved the truth,
  And hated a lie;
  They came to church to get IN,
  Not to get OUT!
  
  Hymns sounded Godly;  
  Sermons sounded helpful;
  Rejoicing sounded normal;
  And crying sounded sincere.
  
  Cursing was wicked;  
  Drugs were for illness;
  And divorce was unthinkable.
  
  The flag was honored;  
  America was beautiful;
  And God was welcome!
  
  We read the Bible in public;  
  Prayed in school;
  And preached from house to house
  To be called an American was worth dying for;  
  To be called a Christian was worth living for;  
  To be called a traitor was a shame! 
  
  
  Preachers preached because they had a message;
  And Christians rejoiced because they had the VICTORY!
  Preachers preached from the Bible;
  Singers sang from the heart;
  And sinners turned to the Lord to be SAVED!
  
  A  new birth meant a new life;
  Salvation meant a changed life;
  Following Christ led to eternal life.
  
  Being a preacher meant you proclaimed  the word of God;
  Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;
  Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;  
  And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!
  
  Laws were based on the Bible;  
  Homes read the Bible;
  And churches taught the Bible. 
  
  God was worshiped;
  Christ was exalted;  
  And the Holy Spirit was respected..
  
  Church was where you found Christians  
  on the Lord's day, rather than in the garden,  
  on the creek bank, on the golf course,
  Or being entertained somewhere else.
  
  I still like the old paths the best!
 
 
 
  
 
    "The Old Paths" was written by a retired minister who lives
      In Tennessee.

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coffe...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 6:01 AM

So much of that is true...

I wouldn't want to wear a dress every day though, like June Cleaver...

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Justt...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 3:11 PM I can barely remember those days!!! And yes ...I call them the good ole days!!

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addzo...
Feb. 23, 2008 at 5:13 PM I can't cook very well and I'm with coffeelady38, I don't want to wear dresses and high heals every day, but I agree--there are a lot of hurting people out there because of how our world has "progressed"!  I also long for the days when a man got a job and worked there for 45 years and then retired with his gold watch (my husband lost his job).

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