Dick Clark has been a New Year’s Eve staple since, well, as long as I can remember and that’s a while! He’s gone now but his name still draws audiences. The most memorable New Year’s Eve special, for me, was when he had K.C. and the Sunshine Band on with Neil Sedaka (who is still around). K.C. wore bell bottoms and had hair that every guy who wanted to be cool envied. He danced around with his band as he sang. It was a happy performance that made you feel good. I really wish those bell bottoms would come back in style, I’d wear them!
New Year’s Eve has changed for me. My wife and I don’t watch Dick Clark anymore because the message of the songs just doesn’t resonate with us. It’s actually pretty disturbing if you listen to the meaning of most of what’s played — music changes. Even Dick Clark’s special changed, especially since he died in 2012. Few things stay the same.
The one constant in my life, though, has been the message of God.
The changes in our culture render the things that are popular today obsolete within a short period of time. Our culture is always ready to move on to what is new and exciting.
It amazes me that the message of God continues to be timelessly relevant no matter how many times I read it or preach it. The messages I preached back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when I was just starting out as a minister are still just as relevant to my life today as they were back then. This is so because God’s Word to us is universally true. It just doesn’t get old.
Trends come and go, but the idea of loving one’s neighbor, for instance, is never irrelevant. The guidance and strength of God’s message to us just makes sense because He designed us and His wisdom rings true no matter how much things around us change.
I’m sure 2016 will bring change. Some of it will be good, some will be bad. I know, however, that the Word of God will not change and that there will always be a foundation of truth to rely on. It is truly timeless.
Rob Morton is minister of First Christian Church Middlesboro. Contact him at [email protected]