“Are the Good Times Really Over for Good” by Merle Haggard
— Friday, February 15th, 2013 —
There’s a certain sort of personality that is enlivened by the thought that we’re all doomed. You can here this from almost every vantage point in contemporary life. Dystopian novels and movies gain audiences because people really fear that we’re just this side of apocalypse now.
The same sort of pessimistic vision often shows up in the preaching and teaching of the church. Cultural progressives claim the arc of history is on their side, moving toward sexual revolution, family redefinition, and so on. Christians sometimes speak as though we believe them, that the future is dark and scary. This is why our narrative about the world around us is that it’s slouching toward Gomorrah.
I think the biblical vision is more complicated, and brighter, than that.
On this week’s episode of “The Cross and the Jukebox,” we’ll listen to Merle Haggard’s ask “Are the Good Times Really Over for Good?”. As we do, we’ll ask why people want to answer pessimism with nostalgia and whether there’s another, better, way for the people of Christ.