There is a central theme in the “Walking Dead” TV series that is consistently true in society today – Everything and everybody is trying to survive. We take steps to maintain our life among the many things that threaten us. However, this is only a perception or notion that makes sense in a fantasy world full of Zombies. In the real world created by and for God’s will and purpose everyone is born or adopted into some kind of family. Some infants die of illness, many are killed in their mother’s womb, but all are helpless for years and years. Nevertheless our family, whether natural, extended, or adopted, cares for us.
Moreover, God sustains all life on earth. Even as hard and harsh as it can be in certain areas, people survive because of God’s provision. Historically, it was known as Providence, the unseen hand of God at work. This word was commonly accepted and well established until recently with the rise of humanism, political correctness, science myth, and ignorance which have gained influence over the popular media stage. We are told that the current generation is the most intelligent, advanced, and superior; old things, ways, and people are inferior and are to be discarded, like an old analog TV.
The wisest man ever to live said, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is something new’? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.” (Ecclesiastes 1: 9-11). This does not mean that cell phones or TV once existed, these are only means of communication, but many methods of communication have existed in ages past. Trains, planes and cars are new means of transportation, but various methods of transportation existed in the past. Quicker, easier, more efficient means of communication and travel do not constitute a unique thing? The same is true of all gadgets in our day, they save time and in some cases physical effort, but the tasks involved were accomplished before the gadgets were invented. It may be that writing on paper was a greater leap for communication than electronic means. Electronic formats get outdated quickly, who can even read a diskette, and deteriorate rapidly, while writing on paper has endured thousands of years, (consider the dead sea scrolls). Todays technology feeds the myth of “New” with its inherent deceit, that it is always better. Yeshua said, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12: 15).
I’m not suggesting we go back or freeze innovation, as some religious groups have done, but important truths should be preserved because they are essential to a sound future. First, materialism, humanism, consumerism, leisure time, and technology do not provide a foundation for a healthy society, but rather, by family, Godly values, diligent meaningful work, individual character, respect, tolerance, love, mercy, equal justice for all, and faith in the one true God. Our ancestors established these principles through great endeavor, sacrifice, struggle, and faithful pursuit of and submission to God. Humanism and its destructive influence on education has blinded rising generations to basic truth. For example, many students are uncertain as to the meaning of gender, and marriage has been redefined after thousands of years.
We must reaffirm the truths and values for which our ancestors bled and died, otherwise, we will become like Pontius Pilate, who said to Yeshua, Messiah, “What is truth.” It’s not too late, everyone is crying out, on some level, for relationship, substance, meaning, and purpose. These are found in the search for the Living God, Creator of the universe. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.” (Acts 17: 26-27, see also Heb. 11: 6).