During a recent Sunday morning church meeting, a Patriarch spoke. He started his talk with these words: “Not very far from here is a small Methodist chapel. Early on a Saturday morning, many of the members of it’s congregation were out by the road in front of the building waving signs for those that passed by. As two of the members of that congregation were talking to each other a car passed by quickly without slowing down. A few moments later, there was a sound of screeching brakes followed by the sound of twisting metal and braking glass. One of the brother’s looked at the other and said “He must have ignored the sign”. His friend replied “Which one?” to which he was answered “Bridge Out”. ”
The patriarch then spoke for several minutes on the many modern conveniences we enjoy today. The modern miracles that make our life easy. He also spoke about the fact that there are many hardships that every man experienced in days past but now a days almost no one deals with. Problems such as where the food will come from, will a fire destroy out fields and all our work this year, will a disease take the lives of any of my children, etc…
He then drew a parallel, and spoke about how these things caused men to humble themselves and pray to the Lord for help, that they formed “A Bridge” between man and God. But today, all of those bridges are out. It was a very very enlightening talk, providing a very understandable and memorable perspective on trials, not a new perspective, just a new powerful way of putting them in the right perspective.
His talk didn’t stop there. Had it stopped there, it would have just made everyone feel bad for the anxiety we feel when we face relatively minor (compared to early saints) life events. Instead he went on and said we should set aggressive goals, and feel anxiety to reach those goals, and use the anxiety that those goals create as that humbling bridge.
Anyways… All that aside. We all know the world’s morals have been declining. Common understanding of basic principles (such as the law of the harvest, traditional families, morality) have become more and more rare. We knew it long before Obama was elected today. He isn’t the first president who’s proposed programs ruffle the conservative Christians feathers and he won’t be the last. In Obama’s attempts to help the middle class he may completely dissolve the “Bridges” that humble some, but at the same time he will undoubtedly create new Bridges for others. I am not trying to promote Apathy, or support evil rulers, I just feel that it is extremely easy to loose perspective and think that this marks the end of the world, when it is just another mile marker on the road.