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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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The Pony Express Oath

September 17th, 2013

-bulletin note from Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Pony Express operated for only 16 months from its inception in 1860. It reduced the time it took to deliver news and mail over the 2000 miles from Missouri to the Pacific Coast, from over a month, to 8 days. In his book on the Pony Express, published in 1913, Glenn D. Bradley includes the oath employees of the firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell, (The company that instituted the Pony Express), were asked to take. It follows:
“I, – -, do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors & Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language; that I will drink no intoxicating liquors; that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers. So help me God.” This was the same pledge which the original firm had required of its men. They adhered to a rigid observance of the Lord’s Day. They insisted on their men doing as little work as possible on Sunday, and had them desist from work whenever possible. And they stuck faithfully to these policies. Probably no concern ever won a higher and more deserved reputation for integrity in the fulfillment of its contracts and for business reliability than Russell, Majors, and Waddell.
The author goes on to indicate that Russell, Majors and Waddell was one of the most widely respected and financially successful enterprises of its era. No doubt there were many of the Pony Express men who failed to live up to that high standard, but that doesn’t change the fact that it was expected of them.  It reminds us that the influence of the Bible upon our American heritage is obvious to all but the most obstinately dishonest people. Those history revisionists now trying to dismiss the Biblical foundations of this nation are not simply ignorant of the preponderance of evidence. It is worse than that. They are deliberately and maliciously dishonest people. When a public school history book gives more space to the influence of the Beatles on the culture than it does to the life of George Washington its obvious something is amiss! Yet, all this is not entirely the fault of the anemic state of public education…I wonder how many who profess to be Christians could take the Pony Express men’s oath in good conscience. I would hope that you and I could.

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