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The Christian Home   1 comment

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Above:  Family Record, Circa 1889

Created by J.M. Vickroy & Co.

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/89715164/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-02961

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I have several points of disagreement with my grandfather stemming from this post:

1.  He disapproved of all uses of alcohol.  I take it regularly in a Eucharistic context and have an occasional drink.

2.  He opposed playing cards.  Somehow I see no evil in playing Solitaire.

3.  I wonder if my 1972 paperback reprint of Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (1900) would have met my great-grandfather’s strict standards.   I suspect that it would not.  The back cover copy reads:

Theodore Dreiser’s first and perhaps greatest novel, Sister Carrie, appeared in 1900, met with outraged disapproval and was immediately withdrawn as too shocking and sordid for polite readers.  But it is precisely in Dreiser’s compassionate revelation of the depths of ordinary men and women, their frailty and humanity, that his stormy, controversial genius remains supreme.

I read the book in high school as part of the curriculum.  I also read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men there.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 8, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Gen. 18, 19

1.  The home, or family, is our institution of God for holy ends.  He protects and blesses it in all ages and climes.

2.  It is to be a retreat to rest and gather strength of spirit & body for life’s battles.  Its blighting or invigorating influence is felt to life’s close.  The boy away from home never gets entirely away from the memories of home.

3.  Its power is felt by those who visit there.  Many learn their first lessons in righteousness or sin in another’s home.  Its atmosphere a blessing or a curse.

4.  The devil, recognizing its strategic importance, does his utmost to despoil it, and destroy its power for good.  Let parents expect his attacks and set themselves to defend their home.

(1)  Keep out bad literature.  It will corrupt the imagination and the morals.

(2)  Avoid the social wine-glass.  Here the devil catches many and assures their utter ruin.

(3)  Keep away the card-devil.  Such is a demon from the pit.  Thus gamblers are grown.

5.  The need of every home is Christ.  His presence is always a great blessing.

Take Him into your home to abide there.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Sowing and Reaping   1 comment

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Above:  Oklahoma Wheat, 1937

Image Created by the U.S. Farm Security Administration; Transferred to the Office of War Information in 1944

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa2000001163/PP/)

Reproduction Number =  LC-USF34-016874-C

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather was an old school Methodist.  He disapproved of all card games, alcoholic beverages, and other pleasures of life.  I, for one, have never felt threatened spiritually by an occasional drink; I have always been sober.  And many card games are quite harmless.  But I am a very different (more relaxed) spiritual animal than my great-grandfather was–a relatively “dry” Episcopalian, actually.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Gal. 6, 7-8

1.  “Be not deceived” by yourself or others; “God is not mocked” by pretended instead of real services.  He knows what is real.  Do not persuade yourself you are living right unless God approves.

2.  “Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”  We operate under this universal law.  Darnel never produces wheat or wheat darnel.  “Do evil that good may come?”  Every act in life, every thought, word, or deed, are of he nature of seed who root themselves in the soul and produce after their kind.  We reap more than we sow!!

3.  “Soweth in the flesh.”  He who rejects the gospel, and follows the leadings of his own depraved lusts will reap endless disappointment and misery.  Sow whisky, cards, profanity, etc., and reap drunkards, gamblers, and blackguards.  The harvest is sure.  Certain roads lead to certain places, dead sure.

4.  “Soweth to the Spirit.”  Who trusts in Christ & receives the gifts & graces of the Spirit shall reap eternal life.  Aims [?–I think that he wrote “Aims.”–KRT] at the higher life reaps the same.  Devotion to God issues in heaven.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Intemperance a Sin   8 comments

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Above:  Cover of Puck Magazine, August 28, 1907

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsca-26196

Summary from the Library of Congress page:

Illustration shows two men, one labeled “Georgia” and the other labeled “Maine”, both are holding bottles, one labeled “Orange Phosphate” and the other labeled “Cold Tea” which contain alcohol; their pockets are filled with such bottles, their method of subverting prohibition.

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2011647232/)

I am, for the record, a practicing Episcopalian, albeit a relatively “dry” one.  I have no objection to the sale or use of alcohol yet do object to the abuse of that substance.  Abuse of anything is a sin, but alcohol is, in and of itself, morally neutral.  I think of an old (perhaps apocryphal) story about a lady who traveled on the lecture circuit for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).  At one town, she gave her stump speech about how God wants people to avoid alcohol completely.  Then she asked if anyone had any questions for her.  A young man raised his hand.  She called on him.  Then he asked,

If what you say is true, how do you explain Jesus turning water into wine?

The speaker replied,

I would like him better if he had not done that.

I also know the historical record regarding the unintended consequences of Prohibition in the United States.  Yes, alcohol consumption did decrease for decades, but Prohibition was a boon to corruption and organized crime.  There are limits to how much morality one can legislate effectively.

I recall a family story.  My great-grandfather, in his later years, received an unwelcome prescription.  His doctor told him to drink a small amount of wine with each evening meal.  My great-grandfather protested that alcohol had never passed his lips.  But my great-grandmother knew better; she had opened the packages containing fruit cakes when he had been elsewhere.  As we say in the South,

’nuff said.

Now, without further ado, are my great-grandfather’s thoughts on intemperance.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 30, 2012  COMMON ERA

THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, YEAR C

THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

THE FEAST OF SAINT ANYSIA, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF FRANCES JOSEPH-GAUDET, PRISON REFORMER

THE FEAST OF JOSEPHINE BUTLER, WORKER AMONG WOMEN

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Hab. 2, 12 & 15; 2 Jno. 11

1.  It is wrong to drink–beverages forbidden pigs make hogs; tipters make topers.  It is an evil for the (1) body (2) mind and (3) soul–damns it at the last.  “Is not wise,” is a fool (Prov. 20:1).  Drunkard classed with the thief & murderer (Gal. 5:19-21; Rev. 21:8)  Neither shall inherit eternal life.  “At the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder.”

2.  Wrong to give it, or sell it.  (Hab. 2:15)  It hurts my brother whom I have no right to harm (1 Cor. 10:28 and 8:9; Romans 14:13).  Since I dare not touch the business, God’s curse is upon all who do.  We have no moral right to engage in that which destroys life eternally.

3.  It is wrong to endorse its sale–Hab. 2:12.  If one consents to murder, he is guilty of blood–2 Jno 11.  Shall we by vote or consent in any way to legalize the murder of souls.

God’s curse rests upon the whole traffic.  Let it alone in all its forms.  Do your duty for God and home  and native land.  If all the world goes to the bad, don’t you dare consent to it.  Live for God and the good of others.

GEORGE WASHINGTON  BARRETT