We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Dark Ages and Today

We are entering, according to Neil Postman, a new Dark Age–a time when people didn’t read. It was an age where manners and morals were at their lowest level. If one were to study the Dutch master painters for example you would see scenes of adults sitting around the table, eating with their hands, children with children’s bodies but adult-like faces, dirty, with an abused or empty look, and woman dressed immodestly. It was a day when both adults and children were savage like, often snotting on their sleeve or on the floor while eating. (I hope you aren’t reading this while you are eating!) It was a cruel, demoralizing, perverted time in human history—and we are not too far from it again. It is interesting that at as early as seven years of age children were treated like adults…the reason is that this was the age when children had mastered the vocabulary…both adults and children spoke the same language and as a result, children were allowed to enter the adult world. Today, with our entertainment revolution, children have once again been brought into the adult world–they speak the same language, they dress like adults. Can anything be done to reverse this trend? Yes, the same action that closed the Dark and Middle ages is needed today. It was the invention of the printing press that closed these Ages. When people started to read, beginning with the Scriptures, lives were dramatically changed. Churches grew, schools and universities shot up, businesses were created and the feudal system began to crumble, because mankind once again started to reflect the image of their Creator. Psalm 19 states that The Words, Law, or Rules of God revive the soul, makes wise the simple, enlightens the eyes, rejoices the heart, warns us, helps us discern our errors, and in keeping them, there is great reward. Mom’s and dad’s please put away the childish entertainment of the tv, the video games, or the fox and CNN channels, and begin reading stories of moral courage so that your children will have models to follow. Let’s light this age up a little.

Published in: on September 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment