How Times Have Changed (Part 2)

Yesterday I posted an observation of family and cultural changes. What I did not post, however, were the details about who made that observation.

The statement was made by Publius Cornelius Tacitus (AD 56 – 117), a historian of the Roman Empire.

We frequently lament the times in which we live, and many struggle with how Scripture (written “so long ago”) can speak into our lives today. Yet, consider the context within which the Apostle Paul was writing such passages like Ephesians 5:22 – 6:4 and Titus 2. I would agree with Robert Lewis that “his words probably sounded as out-of-place then as they do today.”[1]

It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about biblical teaching on the family as being “out-dated” or promoting a “traditional” family. In actuality, what Paul was calling for was far from irrelevant and largely “fresh” in its approach. Much the same could be said for those who boldly proclaim the message of the gospel today and seek to apply its teachings to marriage and family life.

The fact is, Scripture is relevant. It speaks to us right where we are. Any talk of it being archaic is really an attempt to negate the authority of God’s Word in our daily lives.

May we be people who read and hear God’s Word as His voice to us today.

May we be people who both fervently study and faithfully obey what He says.


[1] This statement as well as the loose paraphrase of two translations of Tacitus, quoted in Portefaix, are found in the book Rocking the Roles: Building a Win-Win Marriage by Robert Lewis and William Hendricks (1998).

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