‘Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’
The more things change, the more they stay the same
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
My children and I have recently been enjoying a new addition to our TV watching routine. On Friday night we record a particular show to watch together on a Saturday morning. The TV show, is the new series of The Crystal Maze and the routine of recording it and watching together is exactly the same routine I enjoyed with my parents and my sister in the early 90’s when the first series of The Crystal Maze aired.
We’ve also enjoyed watching a number of the new ‘live action’ Disney films over the last couple of years. Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast have all been taken from their animated Disney roots and been reborn on the big screen as live action features with very successful results. Sometime’s I have been known to complain about the lack of creativity in Hollywood as we endure sequel after sequel in various franchises but this is something quite different, this is incredible and moving stories being retold in a bold new way. Becky and I grew up watching the original animated films but they have been treated so lovingly in their reforming that we have never once felt any jarring emotion when seeing them in their new form. Actually we’ve had quite the opposite experience, the new films have helped us to remember the first times we lived those stories and the magic they created in our young minds.
We have a story of far greater worth to share. A story that is universal and timeless in its appeal and reach. The Gospel is a constant gift in an ever changing world. As God’s church we must find ways to continually share that truth in new ways from generation to generation.
The people of God have always been moving, always been travelling with him and The Methodist church was born as a revival movement. We cannot now stand still. We must continue to find ways to communicate the truth of The Gospel which are relevant and challenging in this time and culture.
‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’