Today’s JAR Just a Reminder
We can’t allow truth to be erased because we are only thinking of our temporary part of history.
If we allow people to erase historical connections by removing them, we might try to rewrite history from our limited perspective. We lose the thread that keeps us anchored in the truth of what was vs. what we want to hear.
Years ago I mentioned to Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh that the Patriarchate of Constantinople should move to a safer location like the US and that I didn’t understand why they insist on staying planted where they are. I’ve never seen him disappointed in me before that moment. He looked so sad that I didn’t get it.
But today I read a headline regarding the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and I think I’m beginning to get it. It’s still not completely clear, but the fog is lifting.
In the Washington Post article titled, “Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name stripped from children’s book award over ‘Little House’ depictions of Native Americans” they report that “Now, after years of complaints, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, says it voted Saturday to strip Wilder’s name from the award… It’s now the Children’s Literature Legacy Award.”
Laura seems to have written an honest description of life and perceptions from a certain era, a specific moment in time. And since this perception is no longer the norm… we’ve grown as a society since then… we should no longer honor her for her previous accomplishments.
Taking her name off the award seems to be a small step to burying a truth about ourselves we want to erase.
The Orthodox Church deals with this mentality all the time. Society is constantly challenged with “modern day” issues and only looks at the current times to make decisions. The Church on the other hand constantly looks looks back to see the bigger picture by referring to the Early Church and the writings of the Fathers. this allows us to stay connected to the mission and vision of what Christ instructed His Apostles. And although the Church has grown (enlightened by the Holy Spirit) over the centuries, She struggles to always keep a line connected to the truth of God’s Will and the Church’s place in history. Even more so today as the topics of gender and marriage (and the Patriarchate of Constantinople) are discussed.
What happens to our perceptions of the Early Church if the Patriarchates are no longer in their Sees? It’s bad enough the a majority of the New Christian Religions already think the Church established by the Apostles no longer exists?
So I ask you, what are the dangers of seeing reality through the lens of our temporary part of history?
And I am thankful I was able to get a post about the Apostles for the Apostles Fast ends on Friday.