FILTER BY:

Youth’s Temptations

The tempter said, “O come my son,

Life for you has just begun.

If time you spend on Scripture’s truth,

You’ll waste a lot of precious youth.

 

You’re only young once, you see,

And now’s the time for gaiety-

For movies, parties and such things,

Church is sober-my world sings!”

 

And son was faced with problems grave:

Was he to superstition slave?

Are Christians all filled with false hope?

And does the world in darkness grope?

 

But what did Jesus do, he thought,

When thrice before temptation brought?

“Get thou behind me”, then he said,

“For I prefer the living bread!”

 

The tempter said, “O come my daughter,

Through Scriptures speak of living water-

I’ll give you cocktails and champagne

To cheer your heart and thrill your brain!

 

There’s time enough when you are old,

To learn those doctrines hard and cold:

But now’s the time when you should play,

And not on bended knee to pray!”

 

And daughter thought, Should I give heed

And enjoy life with Serpent’s seed?

Is Scripture wrong and Satan right?

Is there much time ere death’s dark night?

 

But what did Jesus do, she thought.

When trice before temptation brought?

“Get thou behind me,” then she said,

“For I prefer the living bread!”