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Centuries, Cultures, and Christ

When I read about yet another official in a place of public trust being found guilty of wrongdoing, my first inclination is to despair. I think, “People are worse than ever before.” Then I get it all back in perspective. It’s not that people are worse—the news coverage is just better.

One writer said about youth, “Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners and contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love to chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their household. They no longer rise when the elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food, and tyrannize their teachers.” So what’s new? That was said by Socrates in 400 B.C.

People are basically the same in all ages. No better, no worse. We do have better coverage today. That means that almost all evil is immediately known by everyone. The cumulative effect of this can be overwhelming.

The thing that makes a difference in people is not the centuries nor even our cultures. It is Christ. He alone is able to break through all the pressures and patterns and make us new people.

The Bible says, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). When people commit their lives to Christ, they are changed. When enough people are changed, our world will be changed.

Apart from him, the coverage may get better, but the character will stay the same.

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Today's Devotional

Make the Dream Work

John Wooten, the great UCLA basketball coach who won 10 National Championships in 11 years said, “No team ever won the National Championship with the nation’s leading scorer on the team.” Then he added, “It takes teamwork to make the dream work.”

This principle is just as true in marriage, in business, and in the Christian life as it is in sports. They can never be a one-man show. It takes teamwork to make the dream work.

It is especially true in the Christian life. So, we are urged in scripture to not neglect meeting regularly together with the people of God. It is a simple fact that you need the encouragement and inspiration you get in church, and the church needs you. And we all need Jesus. Evangelist John Wesley said it best, “There is no such thing as solitary Christianity.” We all need one another.

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