No Nostalgia, Please

Recently I read a blog post written by a Christian brother, lamenting the shape our country’s in. You’ve seen posts like it before.

Gas prices were lower. Kids could bring guns to school without fear of reprisal. God was revered in society, not scorned and mocked. People were better behaved. And on it goes.

It’s interesting to compare how things were in days gone by as opposed to how things are now. We ought to know our history. But I don’t want to wallow in it.

Young people certainly don’t know history today. And that’s partly why this Christian man wrote his article. So, thankfully, he wasn’t just whining.

Well, let’s think about the good old days for a minute. We’ve lost much in America. But I can tell you there are many things in the past I wouldn’t want to repeat. Not just in my own life either. Do we really want a repeat of the JFK assassination? Watergate? Wars in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond? 9/11?

And there are many things in the future I wish we didn’t have to go through. Thank God He is in control.

The author of the article and I had a cordial e-mail exchange about what he wrote, and he agrees with the sentiment expressed in the verses I’ve included below. Where would we be without Christ and the hope we have in Him?

The first two verses that come to mind are the wisdom of Solomon. The third verse is the words of Jesus to the church at Sardis. Read and reflect.

Proverbs 29:2–When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Ecclesiastes 7:10–Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.

Revelation 3:2–Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

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