Jul 31, 2011

The times they are a changin'

In today's fast-paced world you can't blink or you may miss something. This really hits home in the area of fads. It used to be that fads lasted awhile. When I was a kid, corduroy was "in" for several years. Today it might only be "in" for a couple of weeks and then it is off to something else.

An example of this is in the area of footware. A few years ago I obtained a pair of Crocs. They are a very comfortable shoe and I love to wear them. But... They're now out of style. The new "in" shoe is Toms. They are a canvas shoe and are apparently very comfortable. But Toms are very special shoes. The deal with Toms is this: When you buy a pair of shoes, the company also donates a pair to a third world country. But with the pace of fads these days, I dare not buy a pair of Toms. By the time Fedex gets here, they will likely be out of style.

This all comes to mind because of a recent fad I heard about. There were a couple newspaper articles a few months back about people who had died because of "Planking". According to Wikipedia, Planking is "an activity consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the internet is an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play. The term planking is described as the practice of lying down flat with arms to the side, to mimic a wooden plank.".

So there you go. I have been planking every night for forty years. It's just that no one has ever taken a picture of it and posted it on the internet.

But just as I was beginning to wrap my head around the concept of "Planking", it is now out of style. According to Wikipedia, "Planking" has been replaced by "Teapotting". That's making yourself look like a teapot and taking a picture. No, wait. That's out of style also. The latest is "Owling". Making yourself look like an owl and perching on a high location. Do it quick, because tomorrow it will be something else.

Oh well. At least there's one area of life that doesn't change so quickly. The Word of God. It is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The message of the Gospel never changes: That Jesus gave his life for us. And this remains true for people who follow strange fads, also.


Pastor David Hook

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