God bless the pendulum keepers
The march of time is kept with a pendulum. Its swinging keeps things interesting, challenging, and moving forward. History teaches that trends run out of steam when they reach their limits and some very brave soul begins pushing back. Eventually a few other pendulum keepers join in. Momentum accelerates as lots of folks jump on. A counter trend dominates until some equally brave pendulum keeper on the other end sees the risks of extreme movement and exerts a lot of energy trying to push it back. God bless the pendulum keepers.
For Christianity to be taken seriously, Christians need a reputation for being thoughtful about everything. “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.” There is an existential reason for us to remain levelheaded: “The Lord is at hand”(Philippians 4:5 ESV). But it seems like moderation isa place we visit only briefly as society lurches from one extreme to another. God is coming to restore order. He depends on wise people to neutralize extremes that conflict with the gospel.“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18 ESV). God bless the pendulum keepers who give us pause so we can concentrate on this extraordinary message.
Don’t panic when we get so far out you can see over the edge. God will continue to raise uppendulum keepers until he makes the pendulum rest.
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