Monday, January 26, 2009

Thoughts on LOYALTY

Many manifest no loyalty to ideals they once espoused.

Many show no loyalty to their jobs.

Many really do not show loyalty to friends.

Many, as to their jobs, are as void of loyalty on the inside as frogs are void of feathers on the outside. Many, without loyalty to wedding hour obligations and sanctities, make perjury of their marriage vows.

And we know, as we have been told by those wiser by far than we, that people who are without loyalty are as worthless and undependable as

… houses without foundations,

… as ships without rudders,

… as unarmed soldiers in battle,

… as dishes with out food when the hungry are to be fed.

Thoughts from R G Lee

"Loyalty is one of the biggest words. It is big with meaning. It is a red-blooded and robust word. It stands for a big idea. It represents one of the finest qualities of character. Loyalty is one of the noblest sentiments with which one can be endowed. Loyalty is close kin to royalty. One who is loyal in conduct is royal in character. Loyalty manifest itself in every relationship of life. Loyalty, or the lack of it, may be found between husband and wife, between parent and child, between employer and employee. Between the citizen and his nation, between the church member and his church, between the Christian and his Christ.

One who regards the obligations of any relationship lightly is a light weight. Church members need to confer with themselves often concerning the warmth and strength of their church loyalty. If it is easy to excuse one’s self from the discharge of definite duties to the church it is because the fires of loyalty are burning low.

In the long ago when God’s people left Him and His house to follow after other systems and orders, they were called spiritual whoremongers and were said to have been married in spiritual adultery to those whom they followed. That is what God said in the long ago, I do not know what He would say now about those who give of their time, devotion and money to the clubs, to the lodge, to the theatre on Wednesday night or the golf links on Sunday morning in preference to the church of Christ.

The Christian who is loyal to his church above all other institutions is like the man who is loyal to his wife above all other women, and like the patriot who is loyal to his won flag above all other nations, and like the child who is loyal to his own father and mother above all other men and women."

Thoughts of M. E. Dobb

Loyalty To Christ -

From over hill and plain
There comes the signal strain,
‘This loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ;
Its music rolls along,
The hills take up the song,
Of loyalty, loyalty, yes, loyalty to Christ.

On to victory! On to victory!
Cries our great Commander: On!
We’ll move at His command,
We’ll soon possess the land,
Thro’ loyalty, loyalty, yes, loyalty to Christ.

E. Taylor Cassel 1894 for Baptist Young People’s Union

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. I Corinthians 4:2

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