Last Sunday in church the speaker took a page out of the Fox News playbook (our friend Rick passed me a note saying it was like the speaker was trying out for the Mike Huckabee Show) to decry the state of the modern world. I knew the speaker was sincere and meant well, but the talk annoyed me the way all LOOK AT HOW EVIL WE ARE NOW rants annoy me.
Not that I don't think there's bad stuff in the world, because there is. OBV. But these kinds of talks always focus on the wrong things, it seems to me. Not only that, but (and this is the thing that bugs me the most) they always display a lack of historical perspective. There's this underlying assumption that somehow the world--and specifically America--used to be a better, more moral place. And I always want to say GO READ SOME HISTORY.
Right now I'm reading THE BLACK COUNT--a biography about Alexander Dumas' father who was the son of a slave and an aristocrat. Who knew? Anyway, the point is this: there was nothing pretty about the French slave trade. There was nothing pretty about the class system in France. So don't go around saying that the world is going to hell in a handbasket.
We've pretty much already been there.