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July 4, 2013
" I REMEMBER AMERICA WHEN" PROVERBS 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmarks which thy fathers have set.
I remember America when: Honesty was a hallmark of our character. Our word was our bond and a handshake was our seal. Our bills would be paid before anything else was purchased. We were prompt and polite in our associations, persuasive and powerful in our dealings, and progressive and prolific in our visions
Truth was respected, lying was rejected. Liars and thieves were from the same mold and were not trusted with a position of leadership.
Honor and loyalty were the trademarks of a person who wished to be heard, noticed or respected. The work ethic was proudly displayed. Homes and jobs were busy places to be and idleness was something we dreamed of but never fully attained. We were an active, proud people who had an order of proficiency, achievement and pride in our work.
I remember America when: Family meant blessings, togetherness and love. Eating, working, playing and praying together were the norm. "Yes Sir" and "Yes Ma'am" was the reply and "I'll be Home for Christmas" was the song.
School was a place of stability and learning. Teachers were held in high esteem, feared as well as loved, honored, remembered and revered.
God's law and Book were not questioned; and prayer was desired and appreciated. Worship in our churches was an important part of our lives.
We had politeness and decency at public functions, funeral processions and church services. Pastors, church property and the Lord's Day were respected by all.
There was a repulsion to evil and sin. Cursing in public was abhorred. Dress was simple and decent and our bodies were never exposed. We truly cared about our reputation.
Public figues who crossed over the boundaries of integrity were rebuked, rejected and voted out!
I remember America when: Violence was not as intense, revengeful or vindictive in personal conflicts. Murderers were not protected and criminals stayed in jail.. A respect for human life was evident. Abortion--"No Way". Babies lived and murderers were executed.
Our laws protected the innocent and our police diligently sought to bring criminals to justice, knowing if convicted, their labors would not be in vain..and the guilty would be punished. Bribes, payoffs, dishonesty, greed and selfishness were not a normal part of our governmental system. "By the people and for the people" was more than just a grouping of solicitous words to obtain favorable votes.
Our wives, mothers and sisters were looked on with respect an our boys and girls were safe in the hands of adults who wanted to genuinely help mold their lives for the future (we had no reason to be suspicious then)
I remember America when: Drugs were a prescription given by our doctor. Addiction was confined to cigarettes and alcohol, and "Coke" was a world famous soft drink instead of a mind-bending disaster and "Crack" was something that was in our floors so that we could see the chickens underneath the house. Sundays were a quiet day and no one had to work unless it was an emergency All that was open was a drug store to get prescriptions filled if necessary.
Magazines, books, movies and TV were all family entertainment. We never had to worrry about being embarrassed when we took our family out because our society would not accept indecent, immoral talk in pictures, books, movies or behavior.
I will be completing this awesome dialogue in two weeks. Pastor Ralph Easterwood penned this in the 70's while at a Bible conference in the Bahamas. It has always spoken to my heart and I wanted to share it with you on this very special day. Think how our world has changed since then. Feel free to respond on my web site and tell me your thoughts on this.
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