Times Are Changing

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

  • Proverbs 27:12

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

  • Matthew 6:31-34

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

  • Hebrews 13:7-8

“Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.”

  • Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Fourth Verse)

The 60s were a troubling time, and Bob Dylan was one of the chief minstrels of protest.  The first verse talks of water rising and how we will sink or swim.  Was Dylan prophetic toward climate change or simply using a metaphor?  I used the fourth verse in this post, since he attacks parents with ‘change with the times or get run over.’

I saw a teaser on a news feed for an article on what life was like 100 years ago.  I did not read the article.  I knew the basics.  One hundred years ago, we called World War I the ‘War to End All Wars.’  I heard a comedian ask recently that if World War I was the war to end all wars, why did we give it a number?  Of course, the number came after we learned that we had given the war the wrong name. 

But back to the article that I did not read.  Flying was in its infancy, yet airmail existed 100 years ago.  Only novelists had any idea of going to the moon.  Telephones existed, but telephone lines did not go everywhere.  The idea of using a cellular system was not even a concept.  We had a phone at our turkey farm in the 50s.  It was on a party line.  When you needed to make a call, you picked up the phone to hear either a dial tone or a neighbor talking to someone.  You had to know your series of long and short rings and only answer when the call was for you.  Of course, the local gossip picked up on all calls to hear what people might say, thinking that the line was safe to say something personal.  Yes, we ran a business over a party line.  We waited our turn to take orders or we depended upon what is now called ‘snail mail.’  Then we got an area code, a central office code, and a four-digit number.  We could talk without the neighbors joining in.  In some places in the world that had difficulty getting the wires run everywhere, phones were not for everyone until the invention of the cell phone.  Wires were no longer needed.  Suddenly, the entire world could talk to each other.  Too bad that we disagree.

Of course, the growth in the computer industry has gone from computers that resided in an entire wing of the building and had to be cooled at frigid air-conditioned environments to having more computing power in a cell phone.

I could go on, but there is a problem with all this change.  Most people do not like change.  On the Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper said, “It’s not going to be fine!  Change is never fine!  They say it is, but it’s not.”

While many embrace the technology, there are pundits for other forms of change.  Let’s change the way our government does business.  (Could it be that we, in the USA, have survived for over 200 years by not changing it?  Yes, there are amendments to the Constitution, allowing small – yet significant – change, but …)  Let’s change our denomination’s statement of faith (in whatever form it presently is stated).  Some have wanted to scrap portions of the Bible, but is that not God’s Word?  It is those who do not believe who cannot understand it.  Even believers have their differences in opinion over minor points.  Yet, with each generation, we think that God might not be looking, let’s change who God is.  And if the old folks stay on their ‘rapidly agin’ road, we will pass them by and leave them behind.

As for me, I will stay on that rapidly agin’ road.  Bill Hybels said, “In a world kept chaotic by change, you will eventually discover, as I have, that this is one of the most precious qualities of the God we are looking for:  He doesn’t change.”

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory. a

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