The Norman Transcript

May 3, 2013

Christian relics?

By Karl Burkhardt, senior minister/elder
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Most of you know I hail from Indiana — a place very similar to Oklahoma.

Indiana was a central part of the vast Indian territory of the Great Lakes Woodland Indians such as the Pottowatomie and the Miami Indian Nations. Indiana history is taught in the fourth grade, and classes take field trips to several different sights such as Conner Prairie, the Anderson Indian Mounds and various museums. One of my favorite museums is the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

And as many of you know, a museum is a pretty good place to learn about cultures and people from ages past. The museum’s sprawling complex features displays and relics from cultures and indigenous people groups all over the world. Many interesting artifacts are displayed in well-lit showcases ... colorful, enchanting, ancient reminders of what life was like in that place and age. These relics lie silent and still… visible, tangible proof that a unique culture previously existed.

One Christian song is titled, “This is My Father’s World.” Some folks think we still live in a Christian culture. Others fondly refer to the United States as a Christian nation. Some towns like to think of themselves as a Christian community. Even people who are basically good and mind their own business are referred to by some as being ‘Christian.’

Christianity is fading from American culture. All one has to do to get a huge dose of reality is to turn on their radio, their TV, their computer or go to the movies. If that’s not enough, look up at most billboards, or look anywhere near any checkout counters at the magazines, or just view what our young people talk about on Facebook or Twitter. If the world of advertising media doesn’t convince you, simply stop by any school (def. noun. a place of public instruction) cafeteria or study hall and tune into what our young people are learning about themselves, about life and the world around them.

Two Timothy 3:1-5 reveals a sad state of affairs: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self — control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.” Sounds an awful lot like the day and age we live in right now. Just sayin’ ...

I wonder if some day in the not-too-distant future some people will walk through a museum and see artifacts from this day and age encased in glass.

And I wonder if some child will turn to their parent and ask, “Mommy, what’s that?”

And their parent will respond with, “Oh, it’s just a Bible. People used to read that book a long time ago. They called themselves Christians, and they used to believe in something called God ...”

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