There’s Nothing New

There’s Nothing New

RiverWalk Church of Christ Wichita Ks  Minister

I often see things on social media that serve to warn people, and especially parents, about the dangers of a certain app or web site or social media site. The warnings usually center around something of a sexual nature. The suspect entity is often pegged as a front for trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and the like. Often, these warnings are accompanied by some kind of social commentary regarding how bad the world of today has become, how dangerous it is for kids nowadays, and so on.
And there is no disagreement there. The world can indeed be a bad place. The coming of the Internet with all of its attendant phones, I-pads, smart TVs, cable and satellite, and so on bring many of those bad things into our immediate realm. We are, at times, inundated with ideas, philosophies, and behaviors that are antithetical to everything we’ve ever believed. But is the world a worse place than ever before? Hardly.
The wise man said that there is nothing new under the sun. The exact quote is from Ecclesiastes chapter 1 where the KJV records, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” What is today is what has been and will always be as long as the creation continues in its present state.
One only has to read the Bible to see that people behaved badly thousands of years ago. One only has to know history to know that human behavior “is what it is,” and changes little over the centuries. Oh, the means and methods may change; but the root of those less noble behaviors remains constant in the sinful nature of mankind.
So does that mean that we throw up our hands and quit trying to make our corners of the world better places? Of course not. We know we aren’t perfect. We know we fail to live up to the standards. We understand that we can’t create a paradise on earth. But we also know what God expects of us. Micah summarized it nicely when he wrote, “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

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