Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Whom Do You Serve?

The “1872 Rules for Teachers” 
(Author Unknown)

Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys.

Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's session.

Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupils.

Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.

After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.

Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.

Every teacher should lay aside from each day’s pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.

Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.

The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and" without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.

These rules are posted in historic schoolhouses across the country. Though they elicit a chuckle from most of us, they testify to an undeniable truth: society has always had rules regarding appropriate behavior. Adam and Eve were told not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge. Moses presented the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. Even in current times, laws define acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Yet courtrooms are constantly active and prisons are filled beyond capacity because people fail to behave appropriately.

The New Testament writers—and Paul in particular—went to great lengths to describe appropriate Christian conduct. They repeatedly emphasized that Christians should know whom they serve: the Lord, Jesus Christ. It is when people serve themselves that their behavior becomes inappropriate. The bottom line is this: as is evidenced by your behavior, whom do you serve?

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15

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