Temperance Sermon Illustrations

Temperance Sermon Illustrations

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Gas and Booze Don't Mix

Five gallons of gas and a pint of gin—
And all they found was a mess of tin.

What Is Intoxicating?

Dr. George O. Higley, Professor of Chemistry, Ohio Wesleyan University, says that drinking 3 per cent beer by volume, often results in hilarity, followed by surly behavior, with a loss of self-control, and often self-respect, the drinker's actions becoming careless and even immoral; that a larger dose of the same liquor might cause quarrelsomeness; fear, jealousy, and hatred might be aroused, without cause, so that crimes are committed; and that the subject showing any of these departures from normal condition is "intoxicated" in the proper meaning of the term, even though he does not stagger and is not "drunk" in the popular meaning of that term. It was, therefore, Dr. Higley's opinion that "a court may very properly hold as intoxicating not only whiskey, brandy, and gin, but also beer, even if it contains alcohol to the amount of only 3 per cent by volume."—Sunday School Times.

Might As Well Have What Was Left

When she married a fine young man and had a beautiful home, the young wife said, "This is heavenly." But the young man began to drink, and she suffered untold abuses and privations. A few years later he, her husband, was brought home a corpse, killed in a drunken brawl. After the funeral the saloonkeeper sent her notice that her home and all she had was his in settlement of her husband's drink bill. As she tried to break her last crust of bread into a saucer for her two children, she broke down and cried, the tears falling into the saucer. She poured these tears into a bottle and sent it to the seller of booze with a note which said, "These tears represent my love, my home, my husband, my hopes, my all. Take them, too. It is all I've got."—Selected.

Conviction Needed

A brewer was addressing a farmer's convention, laying stress upon how much grain the brewer's and distillers bought from the farmers. At the height of his flight of oratory he cried: "What would you farmers do with your surplus corn if we did not buy it?" A great hush came over the gathering; there seemed to be no answer to that startling question. But a little woman arose in the back of the hall and suggested: "Well, we might make it up into cornstarch to stiffen the men's backbones."—Otterbein Teacher.

Do You Want a "Following"?

In the early career of Miss Francis E. Willard, when the W.C.T.U. was yet in its infancy, the question came up as to whether the name "Christian" should be a part of the title of the organization. Some thought that by omitting the word "Christian" the organization would command a larger following. This, no doubt, was all true enough. Miss Willard was then at the beginning of her career. She took the floor and said, "If I understand correctly the purpose of this organiza tion, is not to get a following, but to set up a standard." Her argument won.

The Christian is to set a standard and present God's Truth, and not worry about a following.—Victory Magazine.

Why He Lived Through It

A bishop, while laboring in the capital of Argentine, was suddenly stricken with appendicitis. One of the best surgeons in the southern hemisphere was called. After a careful diagnosis, he said, "Your only hope is a surgical operation; but a man of your age ordinarily has only one chance in a hundred for recovery. Have you ever used alcoholic liquors ? Have you ever used tobacco in any form?" The bishop replied that he had never used either. The operation was a success. The blood of the patient was so pure that the wound healed like the flesh of a child. Later the surgeon said to the bishop, 'You are a walking temperance lesson."—From Teachers Quarterly.

A Burglar Married a Drinking Woman

A burglar married an alcoholic woman. In the first generation, their children included one murderer, one burglar, one sneak thief, one common drunkard and four abandoned women; in the second generation, two murderers, four burglars, six sneak thieves, two drunkards, and six abandoned women; in the third generation, five drunkards, six burglars, ten sneak thieves, eleven idiots, and twelve women of bad character; 74 defective descendants in all.—Sunday School Times.

A Surgeon's Success

At a banquet in New York, during the visit of Dr. Lorenz, the great Austrian surgeon, he was reported by the newspapers to have said: "I cannot say that I am a temperance agitator, but I am a surgeon. My success depends upon my brain being clear, my muscles firm, and my nerves steady. No one can take alcoholic liquors without blunting these physical powers, which I must keep always on edge. As a surgeon, I must not drink."—The Lighted Pathway.

Moderate Drinking

"The trouble with moderate drinking, so the scientists tell us, is that most of us cannot constrain our drinking habits," says John Nuveen, Jr., in a most helpful and readable pamphlet, "John Barleycorn, Esquire," published by The American Business Men's Research Foundation, Chicago. "The difficulty is that alcohol gradually weakens the brain tissues which exercise control. The situation is apparently not unlike our experience with the automobile. If, in violation of the advice of automotive engineers, we race up to every stop light and jam on the brakes, we eventually wear them down to the point where they do not hold, and we start slipping beyond the lights. Similarly our brain controls are apt to lose their effectiveness if called upon too frequently to resist demands for increased consumption which are characteristic of habit-forming drugs!"—Sunday School Times.

What He Had Tried

Judge Ben B. Lindsey was lunching one day — it was a very hot day—when a politician paused beside his table. "Judge," said he, "I see you are drinking coffee. That is a heating drink. In this weather you want to drink iced drinks, sharp, iced drinks. Did you ever try gin and ginger ale?" "No," said the judge, smiling, "but I have tried several fellows who have."—Classmate.

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