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Old 07-12-2006, 06:42 AM   #1
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Old Paths

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. Drinking was evil.
> 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!
>
> Sex was a personal word. Homosexual was an unheard of word.
> And abortion was an illegal word.
>
> Preachers preached because they had a message. And not afraid
> to preach the truth, even if it got on people's toes... 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.
>
> Preachers were more interested in new converts than new clothes
> and new cars.
>
> 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.
>I believe it still is the only
> path to heaven.
>
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Old 07-12-2006, 07:03 AM   #2
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Hmmmm...I can't find anything in the Bible that says Leave It To Beaver or Ozzie and Harriett are the only path to Heaven. I thought it said that a 33 year old single vagabond outcast hunted by the law and despised by the religious who hung out with prostitutes and befriended adulterers who was eventually betrayed by his friends and executed as a criminal was the only path to Heaven.

The "old path" gave us McCarthyism, the FBI Director was a homosexual who spied on everybody and held it over their heads, the President used G-men to spy on his political opposition, people who weren't white Anglo-Saxon Protestants were institutionally discriminated against, the KKK was a popular civic organization in the South, blacks were still lynched by mobs of church-going folk, people felt they needed fallout shelters in their backyards, polio was still a problem, a heart attack was almost certain death, cancer was a death sentence, when the US fought a war tens of thousands of young men died, much of the extremely rural US didn't have electricity, and you had to serve in the military whether you wanted to or not.

Yeah..."those were the days!"
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Old 07-12-2006, 07:23 AM   #3
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Thanks Blaze .... love the sentiments...
The American Family was something to behold.

Silver Mallard I see your point...but remember...''you'' had the ''RIGHT'' to ''flee to Canada''.
Something like, "if you don't love it....leave it''.
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Old 07-12-2006, 07:30 AM   #4
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Thanks Blaze .... love the sentiments...
The American Family was something to behold.

Silver Mallard I see your point...but remember...''you'' had the ''RIGHT'' to ''flee to Canada''.
Something like, "if you don't love it....leave it''.
Yeah, just a counter-point, Cheesy. I'm a bit of a traditionalist myself...certainly nostalgic.

But the spiritual point was an important one I think.

And...I don't think anyone views being a refugee or living in exile a "right." But I didn't mean the draft is "evil." But I do believe having a free choice is superior to being compelled...especially when we're talking about facing death or serious injury.
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Old 07-12-2006, 07:37 AM   #5
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I didn't post it for a debate!
Too bad we all couldn't have lived as it speaks of!
I sure didn't! .....BUT I do have a very happy life
that I would NOT trade for anything or anyone!

This is the FIRST day of the REST of my LIFE!
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Old 07-12-2006, 07:54 AM   #6
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you know this one made me step back and think...

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And divorce was unthinkable.
I do remember that ''humiliated'' feeling, when I got an attorney and started that ''d-i-v-o-r-c-e''.

I didn't know how to tell my parents.
I was scared to call them.

When the little local newspaper was posting such news on the lower corner of the front page....my name was first vs. him.



It was different in a little town less than 5000...everyone knew what was going on....everyone knew your name.



Now, everyone seems so blaze' about divorce and splitting the blanket...I sit and wonder why I ever put myself though that pain.

Of course it was the way I was raised.
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Old 07-12-2006, 08:01 AM   #7
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.........same here, been there, done that!
I won't even begin to tell the family problems I had!!!
Cheese, don't you know us 'only children' were to be perfect, period!!!
................have a perfect family, live the "Beaver Cleaver" lifestyle!
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:14 AM   #8
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...........not to forget women seeking careers!
Mah goo'ness, they must naut luv their children!!!
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Old 07-12-2006, 02:54 PM   #9
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Although it's sentimental and mawkish the reality is that no one - even the nicest, most decent loving families - lived this way in the 1950's or before or since. I could list exceptions to each item listed - real life examples or experiences.

But it's nice to dream and to wish that's the way it was or is or even could be!
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