THERE ONCE WAS A DAY… 
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THERE ONCE WAS A DAY WHEN A MAN WAS DEEMED GODLY 
BECAUSE HE WAS STRICT AND VALIANT FOR RIGHT 
WHEN LOVE WAS DETERMINED BY A DEED’S TRUE MERIT 
AND JUDGMENT DECIDED BY FAR MORE THAN SIGHT 
 
WHEN PREACHERS WERE "MIGHTY" WHEN SIN THEY REBUKED  
AND FATHER’S HIGH STANDARDS WERE PRAISED AS “TRUE CARE”  
WHEN CALLING MEN VIPERS, SLOW BELLIES, OR EVIL 
WAS A SIGN OF TRUE COURAGE AND PROPHET RARE 
 
WHEN THE PREACHER OR PROPHET WAS NOT AT FAULT 
IF THE PEOPLE REFUSED OR REJECTED THE LIGHT 
WHEN MINISTRY WAS MASCULINE, NOT FEMININE IN TONE 
AND FACTS, NOT FEELINGS WERE JUDGE OF WHAT’S RIGHT 
 
WHEN GOD’S WAY DAMAGED AND WILL UNFULFILLED 
WAS A CRIME OF ETERNAL DAMNATION THAT’S JUST; 
AND MEN WERE THE CULPRITS, REBELLIOUS AND PROUD, 
NOT VICTIMS WHO NEED US TO PAMPER THEIR LUST 
 
WHEN HARD PREACH’N WAS GOOD, AND THE BIBLE WAS TRUTH, 
AND MEN FEARED TO TAMPER WITH SACRED THINGS, 
WHEN CHURCH HOUSE WAS HONORED, NOT LOCKED AT NIGHT 
AND PASTORS WERE LEADERS - NOT HANGING BY STRINGS 
 
WHEN THE ROD OF CORRECTION WAS LEGAL AND RIGHT 
AND ADULTERY WAS OUTLAWED AND PUNISHED FAIR; 
WHEN  IMMODEST WOMEN FEARED TO STEP OUT 
FOR SHAMING REBUKE THEY’D RECEIVE IF THEY DARE; 
 
WHEN CRIME BROUGHT DEATH, RESTITUTION, OR PAIN 
NOT MEDICAL, OPTICAL, AND DENTAL PAID SURE 
WHEN PUBLIC EXECUTIONS MADE THE YOUNG SIT UP STRAIGHT 
AND HARD WORK ALL YOUNG MEN COULD ENDURE 
 
WHEN AUTHORITIES WERE HONORED BY YOUNG AND OLD, 
AND THE WIFE WISELY REVERENCED HER HUSBAND’S PLACE 
AND THE HUSBAND WAS NOBLE, GODLY, AND TRUE, 
NOT A SLAVE TO APPETITES AND PASSIONS BASE 
 
WHEN THE CHURCH HOUSE WAS FILLED, GOD’S WORDS TO RECEIVE 
NOT FOR ENTERTAINMENT, OR MENTAL MASSAGE; 
AND THE COMMANDMENTS OF CHRIST WERE THERE TO OBEY 
NOT TO EXPLAIN AWAY, PONDER, AND DODGE 
 
WHEN FREEDOM WAS A MEANS FOR THE RIGHT TO PROSPER 
UNHINDERED BY TYRANNY OR UNJUST DECREES 
AND NOT SO THE WICKED WITH THE ACLU 
COULD DESTROY OUR LAND AND LIVE AS THEY PLEASE 
 
WHEN PUBLIC SCHOOL STANDARDS FOR TEACHER AND STUDENT 
RIGHTLY REGULATED THEIR CONDUCT AND DRESS - 
MUCH HIGHER THAN THOSE OF THE MODERN DAY CHURCH 
SINCE THEY ONLY THEIR PERSONAL LIBERTY STRESS 
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THIS DAY IS NOW GONE! OR WAS THE WORLD EVER HERE? 
WHEN PEOPLE AT LARGE GOD’S WORD DID REVERE? 
 
WE NEED NOT LOOK BACK, BUT LOOK ON AHEAD 
AND BELIEVING GOD’S WORD, THE FUTURE NOT DREAD 
 
WE KNOW THAT ONE DAY THE LORD JESUS WILL REIGN 
THE RIGHTEOUS HE’LL LOVE, BUT THE WICKED DISDAIN 
 
HE’LL JUDGE RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT; SET ALL PROBLEMS STRAIGHT 
AND SHOW THOSE WHO LOVED HIM, HIS KINGDOM’S BRIGHT GATE  
 
MARK BULLEN ‘07