Written By a Retired Minister in Tennessee
I like the old paths…
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,
And children behaved.
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 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 word.
And abortion was an illegal word.
Preachers preached because they had a message;
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 served the Lord,
Being a Christian meant you lived for Jesus,
And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!
Laws were based on the Bible, families read the Bible,
And churches taught the Bible.
Preachers were more interested in new converts
Than new cars and new clothes.
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 best!
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.