Nothing Stays the Same

Nothing Stays the Same

In the greater scheme of things, nothing stays the same forever, at least in the lives of people. Those of us born before 1980 have seen some of the most dramatic and seismic changes in the history of humankind. We have witnessed the rise of technology from rotary dial phones to cellular behemoths that were called car phones to analog handheld phones to digital camera phones to wrist phones. We have watched the decline of the manufacturing base and the retail sector of the country’s economy and the rise of the new driving forces: financial sector, service sector, technology sector, and medical sector.

Over these last several decades we have witnessed the decline of civility among people and the growing vitriol in public speech. Where once people had stirring conversations and spirited debates about politics, economics, religion and ethics, now there is little more than the calling of names and blaming everyone else for whatever problem people have. Conversation has become contentious with people refusing to listen to the other person, instead rudely interrupting and talking over the person. What bothers me the most is this type of behavior has filtered down from our public leaders to members of the church community and even to our youth and children. The role models we have in our society are affecting our youngest generations in ways that encourage uncivil and rude behavior. I have always understood that the church is a place of safety for people from all walks of life. To hear someone say that using profanity is just a characteristic of his or her generation disappoints me. That kind of language, or hate language for that matter, has usually meant a lack of vocabulary rather than a defining characteristic of a generation.

The church has and should continue to proclaim the Good News of God’s grace being poured out on the world for the forgiveness of us all, but also that as followers of Jesus we treat all people with acceptance, respect, value and love. I would hope that Jeffersontown Christian is just such a place and that when we are away from the building we represent those defining qualities to others as well. We are called to do no less by God. Saying we are followers of Jesus is not enough; we must act like followers of Jesus. The word Christian literally means to “act like Christ”. And we should do so at all times.

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