Tuesday, September 28, 2010
On An Unclear Day it is Hard to see Anything
It isn’t easy to keep one’s perspective when it looks like everything nailed down is coming loose. And it certainly isn’t easy when we have breaking news, whatever that is, 24 hours a day. Yet—perspective is what we all need. The long view—not some panicky reaction to everything.
I keep remembering what Ernie Campbell, one-time Pastor of Riverside said in one of his sermons. “Every battle is not Armageddon.” We live in a culture where every crisis is the end of the world. Whatever happened to Terry Jones? Who, you say. You know the guy in Florida that was on TV day after day saying he was holding a Burn the Koran Day in his church? Why that was two weeks ago—we’ve moved on. We don’t even hear much about the Muslim Center two and a half blocks from Ground Zero. A wise person said that after the mid-term elections nobody will care. We have got to quit reacting as if every little crisis is the end of the world.