Well the wait is almost over, I will be moved to Missoula next week so by Friday I should be on track once again with regular posts. This moving thing has made posting next to impossible until now.
This weekend I found myself many times locked in conversation with my brother-in-law. He is a great person and seems to have similar interests which means I can speak to him on subjects that the rest of my wife’s family just have no interest in.
The other side to this is that he is not a member of the church. So he does not view the church through the lens of understanding the culture. So he constantly has questions. Most interesting I find is his view on what is good and bad about the church.
This week he suggested that one thing he does not like is the view that the world is the worst it has ever been. He sees this as wrong headed. He sees the expansion in technology, civil rights and freedom as a good thing which has improved over the years rather than gotten worse.
In his view this pessimism is completely wrongheaded and makes him distrust Christian religions.
As I thought about this I thought about some of the things said by President Hinckley , “What a wonderful time it is for each of us to do his or her small part in moving the work of the Lord on to its magnificent destiny.”
“Now, what of the future? What of the years that lie ahead? It looks promising indeed.”
For me President Hinckley did not look at the future as a dark place getting darker. I would say looking at the world, yes there are terrible things happening. Some have happened from the beginning and continue to the present. While the love of men (and women) wax cold the joy found in small things and large are still there.
To see the world as totally prepared for destruction, you may as well dress in white and wait on a hill side somewhere. We do not know and we cannot really tell when Christ will come again, we should be careful in assuming that the world will ever worsen. Even when Christ came to Bountiful and so much havoc had been wreaked on the population there were still good people throughout the land.
I think it is incumbent upon the people of Christ to be optimistic. We need to be to serve and I think it creates a better world. To say that the world is worse than it was yesterday today is not acknowledging God’s hand in all things in my opinion.
We are as people of the Latter-day constantly on Defcon 1 ready for the end of times. It seems like any wind of gossip or “authority story” sees us get carried away to great millenial heights. Haileys comet, Millenium, War on Terror, and inumerate others are used to create a sense of end of times panic. For me it seems unseemly and almost negative.
So as I concluded thinking about this discussion and saw it reiterated through a talk in church where the fine talk had this jarring idea of a world full of nothing but wickedness. I remembered once more the comments of President Hinckley and how he viewed the world so optimistically. It gave me a great deal of comfort.