Move on or move over

In 1849, the French critic, journalist and novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr said, “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.” Roughly translated, that’s “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

With apologies to Monsieur Karr, “the more we wish things were as they were, the more those who don’t give a damn what we want will force their ideas of change on us.” And it will be for our own good, of course. 

Not long ago, your favorite chair occupant was rockin’ peacefully on the front porch late in the evening. Stars were shining brilliantly in the clear night sky when reality flashed like a comet. Rocker was observing the same celestial bodies that had been viewed by Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and so many others of all races and creeds whose effort and sacrifice made this nation great.

Now, those diamonds in the sky that once shone on brilliance are brilliantly beaming down on mediocrity of epic proportions. Our forefathers/persons gazed with wonder at what a loving God had created. Our current group of influencers view them, Him and us, with disdain. 

Little could our history makers guess that in a relatively short span, a new generation of “leaders” would look past the heavens and demand to know how we are climate changing ourselves into extinction, how fossil fuels are fueling our demise, how certain social issues and groups are so important that opposition must not be tolerated. 

We are asked to pray for our country and for its leadership. Our prayer can be very simple. O God, please take control. Grant us not the lesser of evils, but protect us from the evil of lessers.

– Pat Culverhouse