commentary: A Major Difference Between Then and Now
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 03-Feb-18; Sermon #1417c; 13 minutes
John Ritenbaugh reflects that a major societal difficulty that has emerged over the last century is the tragic loss of community intimacy. The massive exodus from rural areas to urban sprawls has created a troubling phenomenon: People never get to know their neighbors. Though ancient Israel's population was large, individual communities were relatively small, enabling them to give responsible feedback to Moses in the selection of local leaders. Conversely, today's mass culture—largely the creation of modern Israel—renders it virtually impossible for citizens to know their leaders. The entire populace seems relatively more rootless and less stable, including Church members, who do not socialize much with their neighbors. Over the past half-century, we know far fewer people in the community in contrast to happier times when we might know practically everyone. Phenomena associated with mass culture have taken a huge toll on tranquility and sense of community.