Sometimes we agree with that famous quote from A Tale of Two Cities,
“It was the best of all times and the worst of all times.”
We look around and see deep divisions between people of different ethnic and religious groups, scammers, fake news, wars and immigration problems. Recently I read a book about the famous “Siamese twins,” Eng and Chang. They became Americans and lived through the Civil War. The author followed the personal and professional life of the twins, and the history of the times in which they lived. Guess what? Many of the problems that worry and distress us today were around then as well.
At that time, the nation was divided politically, economically and racially. I imagine many citizens could not imagine how the United States could come back together and truly become one again. Resentments and economic problems abounded. The scammers of that day were men like P.T. Barnum who preyed on the public’s appetite for the bizarre and unusual, and Yankee peddlers who sold useless remedies to gullible customers. Fake news was around too, as newspapers then saw how sensational (although fictitious) stories fueled sales. There were immigration issues as well–but they centered around the Chinese rather than Mexicans.
My point? The worldly environment will never be perfect. The “good old days” weren’t really so good. The Bible tells us that:
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
We can’t change the fact that sin is in the world and will remain with us until Jesus comes again. However, we can make positive changes in ourselves, and those changes will affect the environment around us. Go in peace and serve the Lord!
P.S. If you are interested in reading the book I mentioned it is Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with History by Yunte Huang