“So imprudent are we that we wander in the times which are not ours and do not think of the only one which belongs to us.”
— Blaise Pascal
Looking at America in the 21st century, it’s easy for me to get, like the old Ronnie Milsap song title, Lost in the Fifties . Compared to America, 2017, the ‘50s was an innocent time. Evil was distant. Illegal drugs were almost unheard of. If a child was kidnapped anywhere in America, it was frontpage news everywhere in America. Now, many kidnappings aren’t even reported, and human traffickers can make their victims look like runaways. At least that’s how they are often reported. And such events may not appear in any newspapers.
I grew up in one America and I’m growing old in another. Nevertheless, these are my times—our times, the times God has appointed us to. In a very real sense, we were born for a time such as this. Neither nostalgic reflection on the past nor fearful focusing on the future are productive.
Ours is not a time for retreating, cloistering, or just holding down the fort. It’s a time to risk making our voices heard when it may not be safe to do so. But isn’t that what the prophets of God did in olden times? Some were mistreated, but we look back at what they did and call them people of honor. Isn’t that who we want to be?
“It is time to awaken to the fact that conformity to a sick society is to be sick.”
Like it or not, these are our times. So, speak truth to them.
H L Wegley