Learning From The Past

In its 80th year of production, The Lost Colony is the outdoor drama that brings to the stage the story of the English settlement on the Roanoke River whose whereabouts still remain a mystery.  My sister, my 2 grandchildren and I had the privilege to relive that time earlier this week.  Because my sister and I had seen this show many moons ago when we were much, much, much younger, it was almost like seeing it for the first time.  All 4 of us immensely enjoyed it as it appeals to every age with its action and comic relief, constantly changing scenery, and interesting costumes.

The thing that struck me the hardest was how dependent on God these people were.  Even when things were at there very lowest, they still sought refuge and strength from the Almighty whom they truly believed had brought them to this new land.  Faith and worship were front and center; something we don’t see too often these days.

I haven’t been able to get off my mind how different our times are from those times.  Our children are being taught that our country wasn’t founded on Judeo-Christian values and that our leaders were not believers as we older ones were told.  Most of our leadership appear to garner their strength and decision-making from anyone and everything except God.  Although many people claim to be Christians, their lifestyles defy that definition.  We seem very much like those in the time of the Judges where everyone did what was right in his own eyes.  We are offended at every little thing and we take revenge in an instant.  Absolute truth is abhorred and if you hold to it, you run the risk of persecution.

Removing God from our culture has resulted in the downward spiral of the family, as well as morals and civility.  Free speech applies only to those who agree with your thoughts and beliefs.  Everyone else is a right-wing bigot.  Social media has become a bashing ground of unkind and inappropriate comments.  Everyone seems to feel they have to take a “side.”

I take no side, but God’s side.  

Tearing down monuments won’t change the truth of the past.  It only embroils the masses.  Marching for one side or the other, which always seems to result in violence, destruction, and often death, only stir the anger that simmers right below the surface.  Why are so many people so angry?  My life sure isn’t perfect.  It has taken a lot of twists and turns I haven’t preferred, but I’m not angry.  Oh yes, I could be, but what good would that do?  Would I feel better if I went next door and beat the windows out of my neighbor’s car?  Would it improve my life if I cursed and swore and hissed putrid words at those around me?

Changing the past won’t heal wounds.

The truth is you can’t really change the past.  The past is past and that’s it.  

We need to keep the truth of the past in front of our faces and learn from it.  

Did horrible things happen in the past?  Absolutely!  Since time began, there have been atrocities against people for no good reason other than prejudice and hatred.  It is time for us to put all that behind us and move forward, together, as one people with one goal.

Although it’s not politically correct, there is only 1 answer to the upheaval of our nation and world.  That answer is Christ Jesus.  In Christ, we can love one another.  In Christ, we can take the horrors of the past and use them to show us a better way for the future.  In Christ, we can extend our hands toward our brothers and sisters to aid them, not hurt them.  No man or woman can restore our nation.  That job can only be filled by the God-man, Jesus Christ, who came to die for us.  He is the only way, the only truth, the only life.  Do you know Him?  If you answer yes to that, are you truly walking in His ways according to His Word or are you doing what you think is right?  They are many voices telling us many things.  There is only voice we need to hear and heed.  That is the Lord God Almighty, the Creator and Sustainer of Life.

It is time for those who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to live like it!!!!  As we walk in obedience to His Word, we can be agents of change against the evil that is enveloping our nation.  If we look no different from the world, we can’t be effective.  It’s only in loving others as Christ has loved us that real change will take place.  Read and study His Word to know what HE says is truth, then fully rely on Him to live it out.  As believers, we are called to be His witnesses throughout the whole world.  Maybe we can start right where we are.  It sure can’t hurt!!!

Lots of love, Sharon

(PS.  I would appreciate it if you would share this so it will reach more people.  Thanks!)


6 thoughts on “Learning From The Past

  1. Amen, Sister! It is interesting to me that you selected “today’s culture” as your topic. About a week ago, I began reading the book, A Practical Guide to Culture – Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World. This book is making me think harder and learn more than any book other than The Book. It explains how we ever so gradually got into the mess we are in right now and how important it is to have and understand the Christian Worldview. Having good solid answers to the right questions like, “Were did everything come from?, What is a human being?, What is the meaning of life? What is our purpose?, Who defines right and wrong?, What’s wrong with the world and how can it be fixed?, and, What happens when we die? Where is history headed, ” make us solid in our faith and ready to take that stand for the right and true reasons. I totally recommend the book and believe you would find it facinating and helpful, as a parent and grandparent. Keep up the blog! I read it even if I do not always respond.

  2. This is outstanding, Sharon. It should be published in the paper. I agree with everything you said and the way you said it.

      1. Good read, Sharon. You are spot-on with everything you said. God bless you for blessing us!

        Love you,

        Maudith

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