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Whatever Happened to an Old-Fashioned Handshake? (standard:humor, 901 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Jan 11 2015Views/Reads: 833/577Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
I must confess I do have some old-fashioned biases. I would be the first to admit I’m not up to date on the latest fad or trend.

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what they can get for themselves and they don't care how they get it. 

A handshake met something in “the day.” In fact, I believe it was more
binding than all of the paperwork and signed documents and legalese we 
have today. It's hard to sue a handshake! 

What I want to know is simply this. When we replaced the good
old-fashioned handshake with all of this legalese stuff, are we better 
off? Have we simplified everything and covered all of the bases? 

The answer is a loud no. 

A man's word used to be his bond and something he would never go back

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I have lived on that marital
philosophy all of our married life. I know in the marriage ceremony 
there is no “handshake.” But the philosophy of that handshake is right 
there. When I said “I do,” and she responded by another “I do,” we were 
shaking hands and saying to everybody around us but particularly to one 
another, “We do.” 

I think James shook the right hand when he wrote, “But above all things,
my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, 
neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; 
lest ye fall into condemnation” (James 5:12). 

I'm all for getting back to the good old days when a handshake was all
you needed. 


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