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?
Week 17 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Acts 6-10. These chapters speak mainly of the spreading of the good news of what Christ had done, the story of Stephen (the first martyr), the conversion of Paul, the apostle, and Peter preaching the gospel to the household of Cornelius, the centurion.
The Apostle Paul wasn’t always a believer, bringing the gospel to many, and writing letters that would someday become a part of the New Testament. At one point, he was a persecutor of all who believed in Christ. After his encounter with Jesus, however, he was completely changed. Despite his past of threatening the church, God chose him to proclaim His name to others (Acts 9:15).
No matter what you may have done over the course of your life, know that God has a plan and a purpose for you. If you are in Christ, then you are a new creation
(2 Corinthians 5:17). You are no longer who you once were, and God wants to use you in ways that are beyond your wildest imaginings. Don’t allow your past actions to prevent you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life. Find and follow His purpose for you, leaving your past in the past, and stepping into the future that God has for you!
Linking this post up with Monday’s Musings at whatjoyismine.net
Many people look forward to the New Year as a fresh start – another chance to get it right, and to do better than the preceding year. All of us make mistakes. Many of us long for a new beginning, apart from the circumstances of our past.
For those of us who are in Christ, we are new creations. The old has past, and the new has come
(2 Corinthians 5:17)! We are no longer who we once were – without hope, and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12). We have been born again, and are now God’s children (1 John 3:1)! Our sins have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalms 103:12). Because we are in Christ, we have been qualified to receive all of God’s blessings. He is willing and able to restore all that we may have lost. Past choices – either our own, or those of others, which have affected us – do not need to dictate our future.
God has made available to you a whole new way of life through His Son’s work at the cross. However, you can’t live a new life until you realize that He has made all things new. His love and grace, and the truths of His Word, hold the power to transform you from the inside out. This year needn’t be one of failure. Because of His unmerited favor on your life, it can be your best year yet! The question is, will you receive the new life He offers you? Will you accept all that Christ has done for you, and the blessings made available to you in Him?