August 8, 2014
These days we frequently hear dark, foreboding pronouncements and predictions under the menacing cloud of “climate change”. Nobody seems to like the idea of climate change. Evidently the timeless phenomenon of climate change is news to some people.
By nature climate changes. Until the end of time it will have cycles. Until the end of time we will have warming periods and cooling periods. Why are we so afraid of change?
There is a trite but relevant saying: “There is nothing so constant as change”. Yet, we never seem to be in a place where we are quite ready for it. We resist.
Is Staying the Same Possible?
Is it even possible to retain sameness for very long? I wonder if people who believe in evolutionism are also resistant to change. That is an interesting thought, isn’t it? You know, if systems are evolving, then let there be global warming, if that is what the earth indeed is doing. It is destined.
I was in a group recently where the conversation was about change. We agreed that even when change is needed, people resist. Change makes us uncomfortable. It pushes us out of our secure zones. Yet, what happens when living systems do not change? The ultimate result of no change is death. Agreed? Equilibrium is death.
In the case of a non-animate thing like a house, change is inevitable: toward deterioration. Therefore you have a choice: natural change which is deterioration or intentional change which is adding a coat of paint, fixing broken things, upgrading, and so on.
We organic living beings also change. Ultimately our physical changes will result in physical death. However we will hasten death if we do not change certain acquired habits.
Stagnant Pools of Routine
I like change, and often hunger for it. It seems unhealthy to settle into stagnant pools of routine in every area of life. Our minds need to be challenged. Our thinking needs to be challenged. Our perceptions need to be challenged. Sometimes our mindsets are so locked in we cannot see realities staring us in the face. Breaking that mental prison requires a change of perspective, new information, or even travel to a different environment for a while.
Tradition is valuable. Some core things never change, but those are related to moral and spiritual realms God ordained. There are human traditions that have value and do not necessarily need to change. However, my guess is that what most people try to protect from ever, ever-changing do not need and possibly do not merit that kind of protection.
Too often we are quick to assume that because something is new it probably is not good. We’re also too quick to assume that because something has been around a long time, it is good. This requires discernment. Some new things are not good. Some old things are not bad. Let’s not be too eager to render judgment on old traditions or new innovations. Let’s measure them with discernment, wisdom, and practicality.
This is related to parochialism. If we think our way and our experience are the best and do not need to change, we probably have a too narrow view of our world. Most of us tend to be parochial to some degree.
Why be so rigid that we miss half the joy of life and half the beauty that God has placed all around us?
Would anyone want to live in a culture or a geographical setting that never ever changed? Would any of us want to live with the same perceptions for 50 years? I think not.
That is the way of death.