Faith · Literature

History Lesson

I’m on a road trip with one of my closest friends from college. We drove from North Carolina to Richmond, Va, then to Connecticut, then to New Hampshire (where we are staying), and we are driving into Salem, Boston, Concord, and Lexington, MA to tour around. We are packing a lot into our trip. Four days total traveling, 5 days site seeing in MA.

I realized something about myself as we drove – I actually really enjoy road trips. Obviously I am always excited about the destination. But I also like seeing the small towns and unique places along the way. To avoid as many tolls as possible, we drove through some really small towns that I didn’t even know existed. But, now I know.

Our first big, full day of sight-seeing was in Salem, MA yesterday. We saw just about everything. The House of the Seven Gables, the Salem Witch Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Custom House, and several memorials to those killed during the Salem Witch Trials. I’ve always loved literature, but I’m gaining a new appreciation for history. In school, I never really liked history – it all seemed just a list of names and dates. But standing where 19 people were wrongfully executed puts history in a different light.

The tone of our tour guide in the Salem Witch Museum made something very clear- many still view Christianity through the lens of 300 years ago. A religion based on superstition and fear. What a tragic misrepresentation.

In my own devotional time, I have started studying through 1, 2, and 3 John. Slowly. The study guide I’m using is called Abide (by Jen Wilkins). From the first two chapter of 1 John, we can very clearly see what we must abide in to have a strong relationship with Christ. We must abide in truth and love. When we saturate ourselves with God’s truth and His perfect love, we don’t have a place for fear or superstition. We also don’t have room for ungodliness to take root.

I hate that Christians are still battling perceptions from centuries ago. And I hate the assumption that all Christians of that time believed and acted the same way. But my stroll through history has reminded me that it is imperative for me to not only know the absolute truth, but to live it daily. Because the world is watching us, and has a long memory.

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