The good old days
As we get older a lot of us are prone to sit around and reminisce about “the good old days.” We are prone to remember times when we were young with nostalgia and see them as better than now. I am not talking about advances in technology and science, we all see that as (mostly) favorable, but rather a sense that society and morals were better back then. But were they?
Christians in particular are prone to this. We look at current trends in morality and bemoan the loss of “the good old days” when we, as a nation, were more moral and more attuned to godliness. In fact, for someone my age, calls for “biblical” family values in some sectors sound more like a call to be like Ward and June Cleaver than they do to be actual models of what families looked like in Bible times.
To be sure, there are trends in society that, in moral terms, should concern us. But there are other trends as well. There is no question that, in some measures of morality, things are far better now than they were when I was young. We need to understand that every age has its problems but every generation makes advances on the moral front as well.
In 1962 there was a song by a very popular “girl group” of early rock & roll, The Crystals. They had a string of hits including my favorite, “Da Doo Ron Ron.” Who doesn’t like that one? But the title of the song I am thinking about now was “He Hit Me” with the subtitle “And it felt like a kiss.” It is a love song – sort of. The girl who sings the lead sings the following lyrics:
“He hit me, and it felt like a kiss
He hit me, and I knew he loved me
If he didn’t care for me, I could never have made him mad
But he hit me, and I was glad”
The next time you get a hankering for the good old days, try singing that song in public and see what happens. Christian brothers and sisters go ahead and speak up for biblical morality. But we need the grace to admit that there has never been a time when Biblical morality reigned since the fall; and perhaps the good old days were not all that good.