Let me state something here –
There were no golden days.
There you are.
Some of us look back to earlier parts of our lives and wish that we could go back to them. Those days seemed so much better than these. Recently I had my 40th high school reunion. Sometimes I think that I want to go back to those days of high school. The music was great. I did not have all of the responsibilities that I have now. Life was pretty easy. You know what? High school was just not that great.
Oh, the golden age of the church…
When was that?
The 1st Century church, The Reformation, The Puritans, The Great Awakening… Many people talk about how they want to be like the church in the New Testament. Are they kidding?
The church of Jesus Christ has always had its sin and struggles. There has been no golden age.
You and I are in the best time of all. It is the time where our Father has placed us. This is the time and place where we have been gifted and called to serve. It is a time that is ripe with incredible opportunities for the Good News. We are not 1st century believers. We are not 16th, 17th, or 19th century believers. We are not even 20th century believers. We are 21st century believers – given the incredible opportunity to serve right now – right where we live – right when we live.
Learn from the past. But, live gratefully in the present with an eye on the hope of the future.