Time in a bottle…
The Roman Republic lasted less then 500 years. They thought it would last forever.
The Roman Empire lasted for about 500 years. They too thought it would last forever.
Note: If you do not know the difference between the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, read a book!
Hitler believed the Third Reich would last 1000 years. It only lasted twelve.
Note: If you do not know what the first and second Reichs were, read a book!
One thing history teaches us is that nothing lasts forever. Time continuously marches forward, and change happens. Life is not static, and there are trends and changes in society that make us feel uncomfortable, and sometimes angry.
In 1972, Jim Croce released an album with a song called “Time in a Bottle.” The song opens with:
If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d like to do…
Here’s the rub; you cannot save time in a bottle. You cannot stop time from progressing forward, nor can you keep culture from changing. It’s just not possible.
So take a breath, and pray. For the Author of Life, the Universe, and Everything is there for us. After all, he created time, which means time does not govern him.
As for societal change, “42” created us, not the other way around. And it is we who reject the divine image intended for us. We chose, and continue to choose, to distort it.
“O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.”