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How Would Your Life Be Different If You Grew Up 100 Years Ago?

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Published on: August 23, 2014

This is not the same America our grandparents grew up in. Take one look at society today, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that something is horribly wrong. We have seen looting and riots, like those that have been taking place in Ferguson, Missouri, homosexuality, abortion, rampant violent crimes, the violation of our children and so much more.

A few years ago, I finished a magazine for teen girls called “Virtuous,” and in that magazine I asked my Grandma to write an article on what it was like to be a girl growing up in the early 1900s (as compared to today). You will be shocked and amazed to see how different things were back then, as opposed to how they are today. This is what she wrote:

“God has given me many years, 96. I am not a writer, but I am writing in ‘My Memory Book‘ to leave to my children. Everyone has a story to tell. While doing this project, I am reminded again and again of the changes in values over the years, personal changes and that of society as it affects women.

A long time ago I walked to a rural school. The result of that was that it kept me healthy and it gave me an awareness of nature. In high school, we had respect for our teachers, sometimes to the point of fear, and teachers could teach so we learned. We dated a little, but not seriously. I didn’t know any girl who smoked or drank alcohol. A “drug” was something you bought at the drug store to help your ailment and “gay” meant happy. Teens are angry today. Too many of them have parents who have let them down. They are so busy with careers and doing their own thing. I had Christian parents. They set boundaries for our own good, to protect us from the consequences of misbehavior (Proverbs 22:6). Now, many allow teens to make their own moral decisions and parents are afraid to say “no” because they might make them (their kids) angry. There is much peer pressure today to be part of the crowd and to be popular.

There are the influences of TV with their casual sex, nudity, violence and quick solutions to big problems. We didn’t have TV.

Marriage in my time was for keeps. Divorce was rare, living together without marriage was unheard of, having a baby outside of marriage was a disgrace and abortion was illegal. We didn’t show a lot of skin when we dressed. We didn’t wear socks to school, but one warm spring day, some of us girls decided to shed our stockings for anklets, only to get pointed right down to the principal’s office. Make-up was fine if it made you look better. Now we weren’t a bunch of goody-goodies, but we knew certain things were wrong so it wasn’t done openly. There was an awareness of sin, but today they say if it feels good, do it.

I ask myself the question, ‘Would we have been happier to live in all the freedoms and materialism of today with the liberal views of society?’ I think not. We lived and thrived with loving discipline (P, so we knew how far we could go. We had more respect for authority. I think it is harder to be a teen today than it was in the 30s.”

Think of how much has changed since my Grandma was a teenager? What do you think things will be like in another 20-40 years in America? Are you standing up and fighting for what is right before the Lord in this country, or will your children and their children grow up in a godless society with no hope? No one is going to do your job for you! Our Founding Fathers risked and sacrificed all for us, their posterity.

Since then, many other men and women have died in war to preserve our liberties, and have spilt their blood so we could be free. Now it’s our turn to live for what they died for and take America back for Christ! Our future and the future of your posterity depends on you!

Remember, it was John Adams who said, “Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.”

Let’s preserve it in Jesus Name!

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