Living in the golden age
Pastor Mark Jeske
It’s hard to imagine that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were human beings. The stories and legends and the passage of many decades have made them seem superhuman. Their images are burned into our imaginations—Washington in his blue frock coat and buff breeches on his white horse, Lincoln looking sad-eyed into the camera as if anticipating his assassination.
And yet in their day they took plenty of abuse. People sneered at Washington for being a highborn aristocratic slaveholder, and Lincoln was hated not only in the South but by half the North as well. No one who lived in these eras ever thought he or she was living in a golden age.
King David led the people of Israel at a high point in the nation’s history, and yet some hated him.“As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out. He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left. As he cursed, Shimei said, ‘Get out, get out, you man of blood, you scoundrel!’” (2 Samuel 16:5-7).
It may seem today that we are governed by pygmies; we yearn for the giants of yesterday. Let’s appreciate the people God has given us. It’s just possible that our great-grandchildren will think we lived in a golden age.
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