Have you ever wished that you could time travel? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the past? Well, now you can! As a matter of fact, right at this very moment, you are reliving the decade that took place about 50 years ago – the 60s!
One day, I was watching a show on tv where they were trying to depict the scene of a coffee shop in the 60s. While watching it, something looked familiar. Then I remembered – I had seen almost the exact same thing at a shop that I stopped at to grab coffee a few weeks earlier! After taking some time to research the 60s online, I found that there are many striking similarities between today and back then.
Why should this be a surprise? Ecclesiastes 1:9 specifically tells us that what has been will be again, and that what has been done will once again be done, for there is nothing new under the sun.
History really does repeat itself! Here are a few of the similarities between where we are today, and what was taking place during the 60s –
Many were against the Vietnam war, just as there are many today who think that we shouldn’t have gone to war w/Iraq, and who oppose very heavy American military involvement in the Middle East.
The civil rights movement was taking place, and today we’re dealing with things like the situation in Baltimore that took place earlier this year, and other similar events.
In the 60s, the younger generation began to rebel against more conservative views, and take on the mindset that you should be able to do whatever you want, and people should just accept you. Isn’t that the perspective many young people today have?
In the 60s, the feminist movement was big, and it’s an issue we’re hearing a lot about today.
In the 60s, the gay rights movement began to pick up, and just recently, the US passed a law allowing same-sex marriage.
Starting in the late 60s, the Jesus Movement took place when hippie culture and Christianity collided. Today, we are seeing within the church a resurgence of the kind of thinking that was popular during the Jesus Movement as believers try to remain relevant to the world around them. (The way many are doing this is by trying to be as much like the world as possible so that people will be drawn to Christianity as something cool and trendy. The danger is that we may water down Christianity so much in an attempt to get people to accept it, that even the most basic, essential Christian beliefs become completely eroded.)
Romans 15:4 says that everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. That’s the main reason for studying history – so that we can learn from it, copying what previous generations did right, and hopefully avoiding some of the mistakes that they made. If we’re really reliving the 60s, what can we learn from what happened then that we can apply to our lives today?
Have you ever wondered how God can love you in spite of the mistakes you make? Do you feel as if all the times you’ve messed up surely must make Him love you less? Like your failings somehow separate you from His affection?
Guess what?!? It’s not true! God doesn’t require you to be perfect for Him to love you. There’s only one person He ever expected perfection from, and that’s Jesus! He didn’t send His Son to save those who had it all together. He sent Him to save those who had messed up – those who knew that they didn’t have it all figured out. Need proof? Look up Matthew 9:13, which says that he didn’t come to call those who were righteous, but rather that He came to call sinners! Or what about Romans 5:6, which says that it was for the ungodly that He died?
Do you want to know the reason God gave us all the rules in His Word? Not so that we could struggle to be good enough to become right with God, but rather to show us that we weren’t perfect, so that we’d know we needed someone to save us (Romans 3:20). God poured out His wrath and the punishment for our sin on Jesus. Now, He promises to never be angry with or rebuke us again (Isaiah 54:9). In fact, He no longer remembers our sins (Hebrews 8:12). If He no longer remembers them, how can they keep Him from loving us?
If you’ve received Jesus as your Savior, know that you are God’s child. He loves you, and cares about you very much. He always will, regardless of your actions. Stop beating yourself up over your mistakes, and accept your Heavenly Father’s love for you!
How do you view Christianity? What do you think it means to be a Christian? So often it seems like it’s about following a bunch of rules. Do this. Don’t do that. Try your hardest to be good enough for God to love and accept you. Do your best to earn approval. We try, and we fail. We try, and we fail again. Some of us eventually give up, wondering what’s the point if our greatest efforts are never going to be enough for us to make the cut anyway.
Do you ever feel like this? Be introduced to amazing grace!
For most people, grace is a puzzle that seems impossible to grasp. How could a perfect God want us to come to Him just as we are, when we’re so imperfect? How could He love us in spite of the mistakes we make? How can He accept us when we mess up so often?
That’s where grace comes in. Jesus gave His life to pay for the wrong things we have done. Because of this,our sins have been washed away, and God not only doesn’t give what we do deserve, but gives us His blessings and favor that we don’t deserve. We don’t have to do anything to earn it. We just need to believe in what Jesus did for us, and receive it. No catch. No other qualifications.
Doesn’t this sound better than trying to be good enough for God to approve of you? Stop trying to earn His acceptance, and start receiving His amazing grace!