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Let the Walls Fall Down
The “good ol’ days” were really not as good as our faulty memories reconstruct. However, they’re over and no longer changing, thus there is a sense of stability in remembering days gone by. Unlike the present which is constantly changing and the future which, as always, is uncertain.
Watching “My Three Sons” every night before bed is wonderful mindless entertainment. But life is not like it is depicted on the show, nor was it every like that. It reflects what people of that era wished life was like and perhaps how many sought to live. Watching a show like “My Three Sons” is a good way to remember just how much our culture has changed. If Ernie Douglas (the youngest boy who wore glasses) showed up in today’s culture wearing his suit and tie to the school dance and commenting on how “groovy” things were, he would quickly feel very out of place.
If, on the other hand, we could be transported back to the day when Ernie was a teenager we would find a culture very much in transition. The assassination of the Kennedy brothers, and Martin Luther King Jr; the riots on college campuses protesting the Vietnam War; the emphasis on “free love” and the rise of the drug culture were changing society in ways both bad and good. (None of this is reflected in the show by the way.)
I have an appreciation for the old days but no desire to attempt to recreate them in today’s culture. How can we live in today’s culture in ways that honor God’s laws and reflect Christ? That is the primary question we must be addressing. We may disagree on the answers but we must be having the conversation. We want people to listen to us when we explain what we want to see happening; but are we willing to listen to others? There is wisdom in the saying, “Seek first to understand; then to be understood.”