Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13; Psalms 23:1-6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41
With the popular notion that age “fifty is the new forty,” “forty the new thirty,” and so on, perhaps the old expression of “not trusting anyone over thirty” needs some updating. More importantly, this basic mistrust is not simply the problem of youth questioning age, children questioning their parents, or one generation questioning another. The credibility gap involves many other areas of skepticism: we have reservations when manufacturers endeavor to insure us of a product’s high quality; when our teachers tell us that the values they communicate will serve us through life; when government officials promise us lasting solutions.
But if we are hard to convince, it is because so often our faith has been misplaced. Many turn bitter and cynical because they feel they “have been taken.” Twenty-first century man prides himself in having overcome the superstitions of previous centuries — from the medieval view that the people of Ethiopia had heads in the middle of their chests and that the world was…
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