Thursday, June 16, 2016

Is Change Good or Bad? Is Newer always better?

   Some people want to change, move forward, try something new, or throw off the old ways, because they think the new approach that they have come up with is better.  Others are so set in their ways that any change or different approach is feared and avoided at all costs.

   Both views are right and both are wrong, depending on the situation.  It all depends on whether we are moving forward on the right wrong towards the right goal, or not.  If you watch the political debates that rage on in our country (the United States) you generally see these two views show up in one way or another.  One side wants to change something for some projected improvement that is not guaranteed and the other side does not want the change to occur because of some perceived harm that change will create.  It seems that some people in our society are never happy with the ways things are. They are always looking for some way to change things for the better.  The problem is that their view of "better" might be the very definition of another persons view of "much worse".  The best intentions can still bring about change that has very negative results.

   Recently it seems that our political debates center around a small portion of our society being inconvenienced or feeling uncomfortable.  That is unfortunate, but not always is it something that warrants government action.  As a society we seem to be obsessed with solving problems for a tiny portion of our society while ignoring large problems that affect nearly everyone.  I don't see this madness ending anytime soon.  As Christians we must be prepared with an answer that shows both compassion and conviction.  We also must remember that our faith needs to be in our God and not in our country/government.  Things are only going to get worse before God returns.

This quote is a good one:

 “Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer.
If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”

― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

It feels like our country is on the road the leads away from everything God has intended.  So the faster we move down this road, the worse things will be.
We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. C. S. Lewis
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