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Proverbs

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/repentance/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/rejecting-gods-overtures/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-promises-of-god/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/trust-in-the-lord/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/the-heart-the-fountain-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/romans-12-9/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/evil-associates/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/take-fast-hold-of-instruction/

Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/sin-self-destruction/

Chapter 14:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/righteousness-exalteth-a-nation/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/righteousness-exalteth-a-nation-2/

Chapter 18:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/jesus-the-faithful-friend/

Chapter 20:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/intemperance-a-sin/

Chapter 22:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/a-good-name/

Chapter 23:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/give-me-thine-heart/

Chapter 29:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/rejecting-gods-overtures/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/acts-26-19/

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Righteousness Exalteth a Nation   1 comment

Righteousness Exalteth a Nation

Above:  Part of the Original Text

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I have entered item #4 nearly verbatim, adding only an “It” and making the capital “b” in “begets” lower case.  Making only these cosmetic changes does not change the reality of the odd subsequent punctuation and the evidently missing thought between the sentence and the sentence fragment.

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And, on a different issue, I think of all the abuses of human nature which “Christian” cultures have perpetrated–Anti-Semitism, mysogyny, the Crusades, the Inquisition, slavery, racial segregation, et cetera.  Then again, I ponder the wondrous art and music which the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches have inspired and sponsored.  On balance, I am convinced, that which Dr. Cornel West calls “Constantinian Christianity” is too respectable and insufficiently prophetic in society.  The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made a similar critique in his 1963 Letter From a Birmingham Jail.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MARTIN CHEMNITZ, GERMAN LUTHERAN THEOLOGIAN

THE FEAST OF BARTON STONE, COFOUNDER OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

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Prov. 14, 34

In proportion as people are righteous in life is the nation exalted.

1.  “Righteousness”–justice, holiness, conformity to law.

2.  It raises man’s ideas to ideals above the low and mean things–from low thinking.

3.  [It] elevates personality till the individual is respected as an immortal soul.  Men are not to be slaves, but free under law.  Hence Christian culture–put on the earth but heads above the clouds.

4.  [It] begets love of political and religious freedom.  till men make their laws and choose their rulers according to their own choice.

5.  How great has been the output of Christian civilization–the greatest governments and characters of the world.–done most to uplift humanity and enrich life.

The people should rally to religion and the church in great earnestness that Christianity may bolster all that is good and render the great service the world so surely needs.  “Sin is a reproach to any people.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Righteousness Exalteth a Nation   1 comment

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Above:  United States Flag, 1896-1908

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

This sermon outline comes from a book with the year “1905” written in the front.  This is the same book which contains the following note:

Book filled Jan. 13, 1913.

Acworth, Ga.

So I selected the image with those facts and the post’s contents in mind.

I, as a student of civil rights history, know that my great-grandfather ministered when Jim Crow was an active system in Georgia.  There was a White Primary, for example, and voter suppression based on race was overt and rampant.  Our republic remains imperfect, for we are flawed, but it does better than it did in my great-grandfather’s lifetime.

I, unlike my grandfather, have a subtler way of thinking of the matters of which he wrote in his notes, the basis of this post.  For example, the overly general way of speaking or writing of “the colonists,” as if they were a monolithic group of people, irritates me when students do it.  It does likewise when I read a document in which my great-grandfather did it.  Puritan New England, for example, was not a bastion of religious freedom (just ask Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, and any of the Quakers whom certain Puritans executed or exiled for being Quakers), but that fact helped to explain the founding of Rhode Island.

As for “French infidelity,” to quote my great-grandfather, I interpret that as perhaps a condemnation of Roman Catholicism, perhaps prior to 1763.  (It is a vague reference.)  I take this opportunity to repeat my repudiation of anti-Roman Catholicism.  And I adore most matters French.  Allons enfants de la patrie….Or perhaps the French tradition of the separation of church and state offended my great-grandfather.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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Prov. 14, 34

1.  The standard for measuring men and nations is the same since a nation is an aggregation of individuals.

(1)  Great men are those great in goodness and service.

(2)  A nation’s greatness is its moral force.

2.  America is noted for her religious and political liberty.  Other republics have failed; religion has saved ours.

(1)  It was born of a revival of religion.  The colonists sought a home of religious freedom.

(2)  Religion gave us strength–a high sense of honor, a pure patriotism, preserved the home from impurity, and has exalted the Bible–itself the guardian of all that is good.

3.  It has preserved our liberty.  Liberty must have

(1)  A conscience to shelter it,

(2)  A God to avenge it, and

(3)  A people to defend it from Atheism.

Religion saved us from French infidelity, to which we were exposed.

4.  Our perils are not external, but internal–moral, e. g. graft, political corruption, degeneracy of the home and the different forms of unbelief.  Religion can and will save us from them all; it alone can.

So long as our people reverence and obey the great God of nations He will deliver us from evil and enlarge our powers and usefulness.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT