Those Were The Days?
People are always asking about the good old days. I say, why don’t you say the good “now” days? Isn’t “now” the only time you’re living?
Robert M. Young
Who sharing this post today remembers the day when the only reading we ever did came from books….in all their dusty, and at times, musty smelling, ink on paper paged glory? Can you recall when our news came from either a newspaper you held in your hands. watched on one of 3 news stations that aired on TV, or perhaps even listened to on a radio with a tuning dial instead of buttons or a touch pad? Do you remember when your mom called you in for dinner by yelling your name from the porch instead of calling you in via a phone call or a text message? Do you remember the days when we used a dictionary or an encyclopedia to research for a paper rather than the World Wide Web? And how many remember the days when the only choice we had for worship was a Sunday morning for an hour or so, sitting on a wooden pew? Those were the days, my friends! Or were they? Has faith changed thanks to the changing times and the internet?
The answer to that question is YES and NO! You see, “NO”, it’s not so much that faith itself has changed, because the definition of faith is an absolute that transcends time and tide!
But “YES”, it’s the way we are exposed to and talk about faith that has changed! You see, this digital age has transformed the way we explore the world’s faiths, how we have conversations with others, even those who are half-way around the world, about faith, and it has absolutely altered the way we actually worship, offering us alternatives for both a place and a time for worshiping God! And anything that can expand our horizons about the way we believe has to be not just wonderful, but actually desirable.
Consider for a moment, the “Sermon on the Mount”. Now we know that Jesus used this lesson after choosing those who would be His disciples, as a way of imparting certain things that they should know, such as how to treat people, both friend and foe, how God loves and asks that we love Him, and how to pray. Essentially, they were lessons about how we all should live! The “Sermon on the Mount” contains the core tenets of Christianity and Christian discipleship, that we live by today!
Matthew 5:3-16 (NIV)
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Now Christ’s plan was to address only the twelve. But it wasn’t long before others followed, listening and drinking in the wisdom of this man whose true divine nature had not yet been revealed. And while we do not have an accounting of the numbers who gathered, unlike the 5000 who witnessed the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, but assuming that they numbered less than that, consider how far the lesson these words imparted, would have traveled, if the internet and YouTube were in existence! If a chorale performance of the “Silent Monks” singing the Hallelujah Chorus can go viral, garnering more that 11 million hits in just 4 years, just think how many people would have been reached by words that have survived 2 millennia!
Yes, those may have been the days, my friends, but we live in the here and now, and with the times comes the wonders that mankind has created for her use, enjoyment and benefit. But the scientific community can not lay solo claim to these miracles of technology that have graced our lives over the last 40 + years. Yes, they may deserve the credit for the completion, but the grey matter responsible for the idea, is the creation of another altogether! And I suspect that given the unrest in our world today, largely the result of some of these miracles, we all better get back to some old-fashioned kneeling and hand folding prayer! Perhaps a return to the days that were, might not be such a bad idea, in some ways, after all!
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
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