By Mark Brown
Moms were at home, Dads were at work, Brothers were in 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 be quiet!
Husbands were loving; Wives were submissive; Children were polite!!
Women wore the jewelry; Men wore the pants; Harlots wore the paint and children wore the stripes!!
Women looked like ladies; Men look like gentlemen, and children looked decent!!
People loved the truth and hated a lie; they would follow the Pastor and ignore the world; they came to get IN and not to get OUT!!
Hymns sounded Godly; Sermons sounded helpful; Shouting sounded normal and crying sounded often!!
Church folk were faithful; Sinners were respectful and everybody had manners!!
Cursing was wicked; Drinking was evil; Divorce was unbelievable; the Flag was honored; America was beautiful and God was welcome!!
We READ the Bible in public; Prayed in school and preached on the court house steps!!
Going to Church was a blessing; going to school was an education and going to a gas station that sold beer was a disgrace!!
Grandma and Grandpa were wise; Mom and Dad were together and Children were precious!!
To be called an American was worth dying for; to be called a Christian was worth living for and to be called a traitor was worth fighting for!!
Cowards were shot; Deserters were hung and Criminals were sent to prison, not WASHINGTON!!
Sex was a dirty word; Homo was an unheard of word and abortion was an illegal word!!
Love was clean; courting was watched; dating was going to Church and marriage was till death!!
Preachers preached because they had a message; Singers sung because they had a song; Christians shouted because they had the VICTORY and sinners got convicted!!
Preachers preached from the BIBLE; Singers sung from the heart; Sinners repented and got SAVED!!
A New Birth meant a NEW LIFE; Salvation meant a CHANGE; Joining the Church means you would attend!!
Being a Preacher meant you were CALLED OF GOD; being a Deacon meant you would serve the Church; being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus and being a Sinner meant somebody was praying for you!!
Laws were based on the BIBLE; HOMES read the Bible and churches taught the Bible!!
You could borrow money on your Church letter; a Man’s word was his bond and a woman’s virtue was priceless!!
Preachers were more interested in NEW CONVERTS than new clothes and new cars!!
Churches wanted to reach every creature with the GOSPEL more than new buildings and paging parking lots!!
Prayed and wept over the lost in their community!!
God was worshipped. Christ was exalted and the Holy Ghost was followed!!
The Bible was believed not corrected; Sinners got Saved; Converts were CONVERTED and the Gospel was PREACHED- not shared.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS WHEN:
We would go witnessing tears; prayed a lot and talked little on the phone; spend more time with the Bible than the TV.
We would weep about lost souls; enjoy going to CHURCH more than anything. We had testimony and song services.
We would really try to do something for God; we say AMEN to the truth, and go to the ALTAR to repent of sin.
We would bring folks to Church, take the Pastor home for Sunday dinner; give tithes and offerings gladly.
We would seek the WILL OF GOD on everything, and stand against sin anytime and
THAT WAS THE OLD PATHS!!
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.” Proverbs 31: 10-11