The Arrogance of Anachronistic Assumptions

We are harsh judges of the past.

Things have not always been as they are now. Every person who has ever lived has been uniquely shaped by the time in which they lived, and we are no exceptions.

Yet, how quickly we judge history and its inhabitants by our standards and judgments. We look back with the clarity of hindsight and say, “I would have done differently.”

I’m not so sure.

Our errors may be different, but our time has more than its share of blindspots. There will come a time when a future generation will scratch their head and say, “How could they have gotten it SO wrong? How could self-professing Christians have acted that way?”

Human nature being what it is, I suspect we’ll get about as much mercy in their estimation as we give in ours.

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3 thoughts on “The Arrogance of Anachronistic Assumptions

  1. Spot on! Excellent meditation material. I will include this thought with our boys’ History and Bible lessons from now. Thanks.

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