The Old Paths was written by a retired minister who lives in Tennessee

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 illnesses and nothing more;
And divorce was unthinkable.
The flag was honoured;

Our country was beautiful;
And God was welcome!

We read the Bible in public;
Prayed in school;
And preached from house to house

To be called a Hero of our nation 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!

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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 worshipped;
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!

Meditation: Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. – Revelation 2:4

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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