We’re living in revolutionary times, even though we don’t want to admit it. We want to live in stability, in which we attend good schools, have good jobs, get married, have children, and own a house in the suburbs with several cars. We don’t want familiar things like printed books and newspapers to die, yet we want to be at the forefront of technology and generally choose digital over print. We cannot fully accept that the technology we relish has transformed our lives. We want the world to stay the same, yet we rejoice at having thrown off the chains of tradition.
Casting off the rules of generations can be freeing, but the act brings greater responsibility as we must now determine what the new paradigm for life is. And when individual desires for the future conflict or prove unrealistic, the world appears a total mess.
The world is wide open, it seems, for us to pursue anything and everything. But we are overwhelmed by the choices — we fear ruining our lives with the wrong decision. And so we are in deadlock once more. Still the world whirls around us, and will continue to at an ever-accelerating pace as Ray Kurzweil states in his book The Singularity is Near. Human progress moves at an exponential scale, Kurzweil says, and thus we will encounter even more unsettling changes in the next few years.
In actuality, the world has always been in chaos. Sin threw the world into disorder, and we are scrambling now to fix it. But only God can. Only he can give us the stability in our lives that we yearn for.
The world’s undergoing a revolution in all respects, but God remains the same yesterday, today, and forever.