Temperance Sermon Illustrations

Temperance Sermon Illustrations

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Guilty As Charged

Why has there been persistent throughout the centuries this long opposition to alcohol as a beverage? Because there is something in beverage alcohol which is inimical to human welfare—to high civilization.

It is a dehydrating, protoplasmic poison, a habit-forming narcotic drug, a noxious commodity. It develops a consuming thirst, which allures and enslaves, and at length bestializes and disintegrates.

Because the liquor business is nefarious and devastating it has been subject to regulation by civilized nations for thousands of years, even as far back as the code of Hammurabi, king of Babylon and law-giver, 2300 years before Christ.

The liquor traffic is utterly lawless, mendacious, sinister and repugnant. The Eighteenth Amendment is repealed, but nature never repeals. Its implacable penalties are unrelenting and pitiless, no pardons, no reprieves; it is inescapable. Like the avaricious Shylock it claims "the pound of flesh," equally exacting. It is " denominated in the bond."—Bishop Charles Locke.

Hell Let Loose

Last summer in A—, I saw the name Helfenstein over a saloon. A man was walking along the street, and when he saw the name, being uneducated he spelled out the strange word as follows:
H-e-l—hell; f-e-n-s-t—f enced; e-i-n—in; hell fenced in. "Well, well," said he, "that's a good name for a saloon." The story is true, but the name for the saloon is not hell-fenced-in, but, rather, helllet-loose. If the saloon was confined to its own four walls we might not object so strenuously; but it lets hell loose on our streets and in our homes.—Sunday School Times.

Night's Driving Casualties

We are killing now on our highways and streets about one hundred persons a day, and injuring one hundred every hour. In proportion to traffic volume the period from midnight to 6 a.m. is the most dangerous. In this period occurred 17.3 per cent of all the accidents, although only 5.1 per cent of the day's traffic was using the streets. There is only one thing which explains the high percentage of accidents from midnight to 6 a.m., and that is Drink.—Dr. Clarence E. Macartney.

How the Brewer Puts It Over

Let me call attention to another distressing fact in connection with the war. Fine, upstanding, moral and Christian boys were betrayed by the authorities while in uniform. Here is a statement made by the brewers themselves, "One of the finest things that could have happened to the brewing industry was the insistence for high-ranking army officers to make beer available at army camps. Here is a chance for the brewers to cultivate a taste for beer in millions of young men who will eventually constitute the largest beer consuming section of our population."—Sunday School Times.

Tragic Evidence

The body of a young suicide was discovered in Louisville, and in one of the pockets was found this note: "I have done this myself. Don't tell anyone. It is all through drink." The printing of this letter in the public press drew two hundred and forty-six letters from two hundred and forty-six families, each of whom had a prodigal son who, it was feared, might be the suicide.—The Evangelical Christian.

Is This a Change of Heart?

A daily newspaper carried an ad which on first glance was quite astounding. A large space—a third of the page—was taken by a liquor manufacturer. And here was the message of the ad in large type: "We who make whiskey say: 'Drinking and driving do not mix.' "

This is exactly true, but how dare the industry admit such a thing? Why not make some of the claims of their cigarette chums, "Whiskey will improve your driving." "Not a wreck in a thankful." "For smooth roads and no stop lights, take three drinks of whiskey before starting." The possibilities are alluring!

Their difficulty is that the particular type of poison in which they deal is instantaneous in action. The liquor business runs almost without restraint today and it doesn't want to arouse the public conscience. So the manufacturers frankly declare in their ad, "It is very much to our self-interest to see that the privilege of drinking is not abused."

The ad closes with this exhortation, "Think before you drink! Don't drink before you drive!" But if they really think, they will never drink. Your only chance to exist as an industry is in building appetites which rob men of their abilities, including the ability to think. "Don't drink before you drive," say you. No, nor after!

However, as an industry you should recognize that another potential threat is the drunken pedestrian. We saw one topple over on the street car tracks at seven a.m. yesterday. If going without whiskey is good for the driver, it is also good for the walker. Go on with your reform, Mr. Whiskey Manufacturer, until you can get every person who drives and everyone who walks to give up drinking and you will earn the thanks of many children who cannot eat because father drinks.

We are afraid, however, that this ad does not indicate a change of heart.—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

A Former Governor's Views on Liquor

"I am not a fanatic on the liquor question, but I continue to regard liquor as Public Enemy No. 1," declared Gov. Clyde R. Hoey, in his inaugural address as Governor of North Carolina.

"I have not changed either my opinion or position on this question," he said, "and I do not believe any solution has been found for this vexing problem. Personally, I cannot subscribe to the doctrine that the way to advance the cause of temperance and decrease drinking it to provide all the liquor you want and make it easily obtainable and readily accessible. You will never build a great state or a great country upon profits derived from the sale of liquor."

Our Major Problem

There is much that might be said about the social havoc that is being wrought by alcohol. It is bad enough that a man pays 25 cents for a drink, but even worse, that he gives 25 minutes of his life for each indulgence. But the liquor industry covers that up under a mask of festivity, making booze look like a desirable adjunct to congenial and successful living. It does not picture the bleary eye and the babbling tongue of the drinker, nor does it present the broken-hearted mother, the devastated home, the ragged children, and the empty cupboard. Liquor is one of America's major problems.—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

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