1 Peter 1:13-16
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
There are many things I miss about the 80's: Arcades, BMX bikes, the original Nintendo with ROB the Robot, and of course watching Saturday Morning cartoons. But at the top of that list is being naive . I mean I had a vague sense that the Russians could nuke us or that there might be razor blades in my Halloween candy but at most these were just fleeting thought that never really registered as real concerns. Unlike today. Today I miss being naive more than ever even though knowing is half the battle because knowledge might be power but it is also heartbreaking and at times paralyzing. What can you do when the world you know is burning down to the ground all around you. Fortunate for us there is good advice in the bible given by Peter for times just like these.
We must have a sharp mind, sober spirit, and steady hope. When confronted with knowledge that hurts or frightens us we can't just turn away. We must listen, read, research, comprehend, sharpen our minds and know the truth. I like to have fun just like everyone else but the times we live in call for a seriousness of spirit. We can't laugh it off or deal with it through sarcasm or jokes. Our times call for a sober spirit intent on righting the wrongs and seeing justice done. That fight to right the wrongs can leave you with your eyes rolled back and your tongue stuck out laying on the side of the road. It's a difficult battle so our hope must be steady or our hearts will surly fail. That hope must be steadily fixed on the fact that one day Jesus will bring to justice the unjust and right all wrongs. And until that day we keep striving,