We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United States’ first walk on the moon. When Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong took “one giant leap for mankind,” I was 11 years old. My family watched it on a black and white TV. Looking back for the sake of memories and history is good. Moving backwards to try and recapture any moment in time is futile.
A young man and I recently discussed this phenomenon. The desire to move backwards aligns with the dance “the moonwalk.” The dancer steps onto a slippery slope shuffling their feet backwards. Michael Jackson made it famous; although, I am one of those who choose not to move so far backwards that I forget the accusations against him.
The young man shared with me his dismay over how his generation will be remembered. The generation that weakened women’s rights. The generation that allowed White Supremacists to regain recognition and power. The generation whose leadership applied diplomacy to dictators while attacking its allies and countrymen. The generation who claimed to want a moral America while supporting the immoral in leadership. The first and only generation that moved backwards; not forward. The young man is truly heart broken with what he sees as America’s moral moonwalk.
It’s a matter of perspective, isn’t it? I know many of my kind feel God is back on the throne. They believe ending legal abortion will end abortion saving babies. It won’t. It will only end safe abortions endangering mothers and babies. If you think an illegal abortion is less graphic or cruel than a legal one, think again. Many of my kind believe a Conservative Supreme Court will return law and order to the land. All the while they cry, “We’re in the last days!” So, which is it? Christianity is going to take over through the Supreme Court or Christ will establish His supreme kingdom on earth? It can’t be both if you believe the bible. Well, unless you plan to do Christ’s job for Him. Most of us are good at that – trying to control everyone and everything. Insisting on our way as opposed to spending our time showing others The Way.
The ones who claim to believe in God the most protect His creation the least. The ones who claim to care about the downtrodden really don’t. They say they do but words and actions don’t match in many of our lives. We don’t do our research, but we are experts. Just ask us. We defend people that we knew nothing about until they put a party behind their names. The party of choice suddenly made them acceptable human beings. As with Michael Jackson, I am willing to look at behavior before, during, and after the rise to fame. I believe in forgiveness. I do not condone ignorance.
I tried comforting the young man reminding him that his generation did not put the current administration in place. When history judges, I believe it will judge Christianity. I believe we will be found guilty of making the world worse; not better. I believe, like Sodom and Gomorrah, God will unleash judgement not because of the sinners but because of the useless saints.
Are we the salt of the earth or too spicy for our own good? A pastor once told me that some of us are “so heavenly minded, we are no earthly good.” Let that sink in. Then, ask yourself: How will this time in history be remembered? How will Christianity be viewed. I guess it really doesn’t matter. Regardless of who did it, the damage is already done. Time will tell. It always does.
Walking backwards retraces steps, but it also prevents us from getting anywhere.
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
I’ve always heard and read the verses. I naively thought it was always talking about the other guys. Not us.