My Musing – “The world has changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost. For [few] now live who remember it. Some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth.” (Galadriel, The Fellowship of the Ring. J. R. R. Tolkien).
It exploded in the first century in the face of great persecution. Later, persecution gave way to proclamation as Christianity was became the official religion of the Roman Empire. There have been times of retreat (the dark ages) and resurgence (the great awakening), but the “gates of hell” have never fully prevailed.
Yet in my lifetime, “the world has changed.” I feel it and smell it. History, is now largely regarded as myth. The age of “reason” has relegated Christianity to no more than a crutch to the superstitious. Even those within the Church are abandoning the faith and “sound doctrine” in favor of whatever their “itching ears” want to hear. Things that should never have been forgotten have been lost. The “breaking of the fellowship” is well underway. The “Return of the King” is near. Yet much evil is yet to come. Which also reminds me of these quotes from “The Fellowship of the Ring.”
Frodo – “I wish none of this had happened.”
Gandalf – “So do all who live to see such times but that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.”
My Advice – What will you decide “to do with the time that is given to you?” Be a beacon of light in an increasingly dark world? Be a herald of truth in an age of deception and lies? Be the salt that gives flavor to what is becoming more and more unsavory? Be faithful to the end? We’ve been given a commission to be the “ring-bearer” of the greatest story ever told. Will you be part of the “fellowship?”
Stay-tuned for tomorrow’s blog – “The Two Powers.”