The Old Paths

21 11 2009
I wish the old paths were before us instead of behind us.

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 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 illness;
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 an American was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!

I still like the old paths the best!

‘The Old Paths’ was written by a retired minister who lives In Tennessee.



2 responses

8 12 2009
alan nattrass

Much sentiment that is good in poem ‘the old paths’ but not keen on the nationalistic sentiment.

Prefer the ancient paths of Jeremiah 6/16
Alan Nattrass

12 12 2009

Well to be honest I’m not as nationalistic as most believers, but I do hold a bit of sentiment for the United States, but I accept that as the end draws near the world situation will grow worse and worse. I’m glad the poem had a stronger focus on non nationalistic issues because it’s the world not the church that should be straying unfortunately the “ancient landmarks” that our faithful forefathers set up are being ignored and we are making no difference between the holy and profane. I fully agree its the sentiment from the weeping prophet we should all as believers heed. Bless you brother.

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