6/24/2011

Living In A "New And Improved" World

6/24/2011 Posted by Sheldon Clowdus , No comments
It is the nightmare of the justice system and the source of countless movie plots: innocent man wrongly imprisoned for crime he did not commit.  For one man, the nightmare came true and he found himself playing the part of the wrongly condemned man.  His name is William Dillon and he was wrongly convicted of murder and spent 27 years in jail. (You can read his story here.)  He was found innocent and released from jail in 2008 because of DNA testing that wasn't available at the time of the original trial.  It wasn't that the police chose not to use DNA testing when Dillon was arrested, it wasn't available.  The testing techniques that made DNA testing viable in the courtroom setting weren't invented 1984 and Dillon was convicted in 1981.

The story got me to thinking how much our world has changed in the past 30 years or so.  In almost every are of life, what was cutting edge and top of the line in 1981 is ancient and nearly forgotten now.

In music the eight track was followed by the cassette player, the CD player, and now the mp3 player.

The VHS became (very briefly) the laser disc which became the DVD which became the Blu-Ray.

In medicine, what once were major life threatening operations are now done as routine outpatient procedures.

Computers that once filled multiple rooms had less computing power than notebook sized tablets.

Even our beverages changed as New Coke replaced........wait......scratch that one.

In almost every area of our life in the last 30 years, the motto has been "Out with the old and in with the new" because new has not just been new, but new and improved.

There is one thing that hasn't been changed, hasn't been improved upon in the last 30 or even 2000 years.

The Gospel.

It is still as powerful, as relevant, and as effective as it ever has been.  And as much as we like to talk about how our methods in the church change with the times, the truth is that once you peel away the fluff of music style, fashion, and jargon, the gospel is still proclaimed the same way it always has been.

One follower of Christ proclaiming the glory of God in the life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus to all who will listen.

Thirty years from now the things that are new and cutting edge will become ancient and mostly forgotten.  New and improved will continue to reign in most areas of life.

But not in the church.

The gospel is the unchanging bedrock we rest our life upon.  This is how we overcome an ever changing, "New and Improved!" world, by resting in the one thing that never changes: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. -- Hebrews 13:8

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