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Is the world getting better or worse?

This is a poll. Just curious to know what you think.

The news we get, even in the age of citizen journalism is largely negative. We have every reason to believe the world is getting worse based on what we see on TV and the internet and a lot of people seem to think it actually is. But is it really?

Is it getting better? Is it getting worse? Or is it a cycle of prosperity, health, disease and war with no significant net gain or loss?

In 2011 we no longer have Hitler or the black plague. Slavery is less prevalent than it once was. Society has come a long way socially. We have amazing charities and a spirit of generosity. But we do have AIDS, obesity and a variety of cancers that are much more common because of the indulgent lifestyles we lead. We have huge debt and we still do have wars.

What do you think?

Old Meets New

Tonight we watched the Last Samurai at our flat. I’m not really a big Tom Cruise fan. I think he does awesome movies that’d be even better if someone else starred in them. One of the cool things about the Last Samurai is before the last battle, he is presented with a sword with a Japanese inscription on the blade “This sword belongs to the warrior in whom the old ways meet the new.” Can’t remember if that’s the exact wording of it, but you get the idea.

Every time I see the movie that line makes me smile, cause I think that’s what every warrior should be like. In our battle to see people come to know Jesus, where satan will try to pull them any other way he can, we need to know what’s important. I think often as the church we find ourselves going one way or the other. Continue reading