It’s Not Like It Used to Be!
We have such a hard time with change. We want it to stay just the way we remember doing things whether our memory is accurate or not. Whatever family looked like when we were growing up is how we will raise our family. We also pass on our religious practices and our fears. When something different comes, we often react with fear. We can recall the fear over barcodes used for scanning being called the mark of the beast not that many years ago. Today the old cash register is gone and every store uses scanners with bar codes in some way.
Exodus 14:10-12 “When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.””
The children of Israel were being taken from slavery to a land of promise and freedom. Why didn’t they want to go? It wasn’t what they were used to. It would require some effort. It would require some change. Everything would be different. They claimed they would rather be slaves in Egypt than face the dangers of the journey. They were convinced that every sign of trouble meant certain destruction.
We cannot let fear control our lives. We may not be comfortable with change, but we must not let that turn to fear. We must never let fear replace the faith it takes to live for God. It took faith then and it still does to be a Christian in our culture. If we went back to the ways of our childhood, we would have to convince our grandchildren to never use a computer or any electronic device. Rather than taking on that battle, we should show them how to serve the God we knew when we were their age in our present culture. Culture is not bigger than God. People can live their faith in any culture from a nomadic tent dweller to an electronic- infused mobile society. God is still the biggest force in our world, and we must show them how to live by faith without being afraid of a microchip.
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