(this post is not about sports)
The other day I took my son, Malachi, to go shoot some hoops. Malachi is good for a quote almost daily and this day was no different. He said, "Dad, I'm gonna take the hardest trick shot in the history of basketball". He proceeded to walk to half court, turn around and try to shoot the ball backwards over his head. The ball made it to the three-point line.
Now, this shot has been taken roughly 1,555,546,785 times in the history of basketball (scientific measurement) and made. Malachi is 7 years old and has no idea as to the history of basketball, or the relative difficulty of his shot. It's ok, he's 7.
Sometimes, I think we act like Malachi as we relate to theology, the church, and cultural issues.
"I am about to ask the hardest question in the history of church"
"I am about to stump the Bible on this question of ethics"
I think that we, as young Christians, in this culture, need to learn something from Malachi. We live in a culture that idolizes youth, and thinks the "best" thinking happened about 15 minutes ago. We also think we're much smarter than folks who have gone before us, and have quite a bit of "chronological snobbery" about our current opinions, thinking, and scholarship.
We need to remember the "insurmountable questions" have probably been asked before. . and possibly answered. We need to remember that churches before us have faced the problems we face. We need to remember that older fathers and mothers in the faith can probably help us with issues we're thinking through. We should actually beware of theological innovation and be discerning when we see it. When culture tells us that we've discovered a brand new way of thinking about an issue, or claim that the intellectual giants were all wrong until now . . . . we should be skeptical.
A few years ago, someone in the UK did a poll asking "Who is the most influential British person of the last millennium?" Princess Diana won. Now, I am an admirer of Princess Diana, but think of the enormous accomplishments by Winston Churchill, King James, King George, Queen Elizabeth, Charles Dickens, GK Chesterton, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, , GF Handel, John Lennon, etc. . . .
I also remember when Mel Gibson released "The Passion of the Christ", it was hailed as "the greatest evangelistic opportunity since the apostle Paul". no comment.
I'm just saying we can be a little short-sighted. We haven't taken the toughest shot in the history of basketball. Let's remember that we have much to learn from those who have gone before.
"There is nothing new under the sun" --Ecclesiastes 1:9