Issachar… Understanding or Lack Of?

Posted: March 5, 2013 in Issachar
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“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”  ―    Søren Kierkegaard

Perhaps the reason i feel out of touch or as though something is wrong which i can’t see or seem to be able to find is this.

Let me say that there is the obvious fact that i live in a time of great change. Many things that once seemed solid, fixed, and secure have either slowly changed or just suddenly moved. What was is now not and i am not sure of what is to come, but i have a bit of fear about it.

Example until recent times it was generally assumed by people in society, even if they were not personally Christian believers, that there is such a thing as truth. People also accepted the idea that there is such a thing as right. And it was generally agreed that the opposite of a true thing was false, and of a right thing was wrong. There was, in other words, certain ground rules. These ground rules came from a long-standing influence of Christian beliefs.

Most people lived within these ground rules. This does not mean that they were better people by nature than people are today. It does not mean that they were pleasing to God. No one has ever been, or ever will be, pleasing to God except in Jesus Christ.

What i am talking about is not that certain individuals were consciously doing things in a certain way. i am saying that the influence of the Christian beliefs were such that most people took certain things for granted. They thought in a certain way without realizing that the ground rules in which they were thinking rested on a Christian foundation. They thought of the universe as an ordered structure. They did not see it as “chaos” but as “cosmos.” They assumed (often without thinking much about it) that there are such things as final answers and an ultimate meaning in life.

What i am possibly realizing and sharing is the tragic fact is that this is no longer true. Thus there is a void, there is no “understanding the times.” To add to this, the changes are occurring at a much greater pace than years past which leaves my head spinning as i try to make sense of, or understand all or any of it.

“Within a hurricane, winds very close to the center, the winds drop abruptly from their extreme maximum to light breezes or even to complete calm. Clear skies or only thin clouds prevail. The central circular calm area bears the name ‘eye of the storm’” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1963 ed., 22:497).

The person who is born to a Christian family, and having the nurture of a faithful Christian Church, is in this “eye of the storm.” i don’t mean a literal storm, but i am referring to the spiritual storm that is taking place all around me today. i may not always realize that the storm is there, but it is. i may not feel its force yet, but it is unlikely that i will live long without doing so.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”  ―    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


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