This has caused me to think about the things that have passed away in my lifetime. Things my kids will never know. They won’t go with friends to Blockbuster on a Friday night to pick a movie. They won’t know what it’s like to be typing a school assignment on an actual typewriter and then having to redo the entire page because of a misspelled word. They won’t know what it it’s like to use a payphone or dial a rotary phone. They won’t know how to drive a standard transmission automobile. What other skills will be lost to the grinding wheels of progress?
Though you and I might lament these things, they won’t. They won’t miss them any more than you miss using an outhouse or an actual ice box. They won’t miss the video store any more than you miss the blacksmith’s shop. I know some of the skills we lose are valuable, and not all change is good. Not all change is bad either.
The important things remain. Children still need parents. People still need a roof over their heads and something to eat each day. People will still need a kind word on rough days. Neighbors will still need help. The Bible reminds us not to fret over the past.
“Never ask ‘Why does the past seem so much better than now?’ because this question does not come from wisdom” (Ecclesiastes 7:10). The “good ole days” were rarely as good as we remember them. Each day had its good and bad whether we are talking about 1950, 1850 or 1050. And that will be true for the future as well. Jesus said, “Never worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).
No matter when, no matter what, the Bible will always be relevant. The Gospel is still timeless. That “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son” is true whether you read it in Greek, Latin, Old English or contemporary language. “All Scripture is God-breathed” whether you read it on a handwritten scroll, a page from a leather-bound book, or a glowing screen on your smart phone. The Gospel message will still be carried to all peoples of the world whether it is by circuit riding preacher, television or tablet. God is always in charge. “Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” (Psalm 46:2).