What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
• Ecclesiastes 1:9
As a student of history I often think about this verse from Ecclesiastes, as history does tend to repeat itself.
Yesterday I ran across this passage in a book—a passage that could be “ripped from today’s headlines”:
…is an age of depression—not financial depression, but spiritual depression. Ecclesiastically there is wide–spread apostasy. The great bulk of religious literature published by, recommended by, or circulated in the major denomination undermines or overtly attacks the truthfulness of God’s Word, the Bible…outside the visible Church, and this comprises at least half of the population of the United States, there is not only towering indifference to divine truth, but there is also organized groups who try to eradicate all ideas of God from our national life. They aim to use the government to suppress Christianity.
• Romans: An Interpretive Outline by David Steele & Curtis Thomas
Sounds like today, doesn’t it? But, wait… the Copyright on this book is 1963! Fifty years ago! As I read that and thought of Ecclesiastes 1:9, two things occurred to me:
- The Word of God, as per usual, is true. There is nothing new under the sun. Evangelical battles to promote orthodox Christianity, particularly in the public square are still raging on.
- The truth of the Gospel marches on. Opposition, strong as ever, sometimes promotes and strengthens the resolve.
Speaking of the truth of the Gospel, I ran across this quote from Tommy Overton, a former pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Rome, Georgia:
The reality of the Gospel is I am more sinful and flawed than I ever believed and I am more loved and accepted than I dared hope.