Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE HOMES OF OUR NATION I
In Psalm 33:12 we read, “ Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” and in Proverbs 14:34 we read, ” Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” The normal condition of men and women is to be in the bondage of love; and the greatest bondage in this sin stricken world we live in is the home-bondage. The safety of the nation depends on the increase in home bondage. The homes of the nation are its strongest forts. As the homes go so does the nation! Only a lowbred contemptible man desires to break such a holy bondage.
The homes of the nation speak to any law abiding citizen about attachments; not in the realm of sentiment, but in the realm of practical living. A true and practical life constists of attachments, to true hearts and places. The tramp is not a model citizen, and not because he may be a thief or a vagabond, but for the main reason that he has no attachments; he does not belong anywhere.
Some people talk about being as free as birds in the air! But that is a false statement on the birds. For even the birds are creatures of attachments; they have their home nests, their home relationships, which are most delightful, as anyone can learn who cares to look into bird life. The home-ownership is the safety of our country; that when every man owned a home in this land anarchy would never be heard of.
The true man, the best citizen has staying qualities; he is bound by loving attachments – he is in the bond-slavery of love. Well, to say the whole truth about this matter one may call attention to the fact that every man and woman is some sort of slave. It may be slavery of love, or the bitter bondage of evil habit, or evil companionships. The fact is, that the greatest liberty depends on a certain form of slavery: the bondage of love; and when the home ties are also clustured about a home, a visisble building, our liberties are the safer.
The slavery which love creates is the condition in which true manhood and womanhood find largest development. The true man welcomes the bondage of love, and rejoices as the ties grow stronger. Now this does not by any means mean that homes and that the people dwelling in them have no problems and difficulties they face from time to time. From the first established home on this earth until the present day, all families encounter obstacles and hurdles from time to time. No one is perfect in that family unit. They make mistakes and often lack the knowledge and understanding of human nature.
In addition to that we have a spiritual adversary, the Devil, who makes every effort to hinder the establishment of Christian homes, and once they are established, he will leave no stones unturned to destroy them, and by that whose purpose is to divide families, and frustrate the work of God. Every time there is a break up of a home it contributes to the break-up of our nation.
In order for the world to be a better place, we must have better men; men who are capable of being godly teachers and leaders. The saddest sign of our times is the increase of the breaking up of homes in this nation we live in. This is not occuring by accident. When a nation is deprived of the rich inheritance of godly homes, it will ultimately suffer the wounds and bruises of a bleeding generation.
The most despicable sight of our times is the increase clubs and club houses, and booth outlets. The gambling dens and the bars in every corner of every street, where liquor can be secured practically at every age in violation of the law, where young peoples character is ruined beyond repair.
It is a large fire that is out of control, with ” abandon hope all ye who enter here,” written over the doors. With the increase of attachments for these liquor outlets there is a corresponding decrease in the attachment for the home. The modern club house bids fair to contribute largely to the destruction of our modern civilization.
(copied from an article printed 1904 well over 100 years ago. What would that writer say if he had been living today?)
to be continued…………………………………..
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff