This was the common path to both my school
and my house while growing up.
Human beings have railed on the youth of the times in every generation. They have always been lazy, self-serving leeches on society who are going to lead us into the abyss. Their morals are continuously suspect.
In 1816, the Times of London expressed how the waltz was a dance that would corrupt the morals of polite society. You never changed partners! Here's a quote from the article:
We know not how it has happened (probably by the recommendation of some worthless and ignorant French dancing-master) that so indecent a dance now has for the first time been exhibited at the English court; but the novelty is one deserving of severe reprobation, and we trust it will never again be tolerated in any moral English society.
It seems that we fear that our morals are constantly being overturned by newer behaviors. We worry that video games are keeping the youth of today from playing outside. In 1859, Scientific American published an article on the evils of chess of all things. They mention:
If you substituted "X-Box" or "PlayStation" for "Chess" in the above sentence, you could easily place it in a modern essay on how kids are awful because...
Chess is a mere amusement of a very inferior character, which robs the mind of valuable time that might be devoted to nobler acquirements, while it affords no benefit whatever to the body.
This week's lectionary reading is Acts 8:26-40. As we look at the varieties of gender today, we see that the church already had an answer for those of difference in its infancy: baptize them. This definitely went against the grain. The grace we express in Christ Jesus also puts us in relationship with one another where we allow ourselves to be held accountable. It is only through being held accountable that we allow ourselves to grow past our own particular blind spots.
But how can we do this without judgment? To hold someone accountable implies judgment, doesn't it? We'll look at the difference between these two important concepts on Sunday. That is, assuming I'm not having to spend all my time correcting my wayward teenagers.
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