The 1970’s were turbulent times for our country. We were still reeling from the Vietnam War; we had a President and Vice President who resigned from office rather than face impeachment; there was a huge movement to get better salaries for women and more jobs in the workplace; and there was a continuation of the sexual revolution that started in the ‘60s. The average salary was about $23,000 a year and the price of the average home was $26,000. Unemployment was at 3.5%, eggs were .62 a dozen and you could buy regular gas for .36 a gallon. Out of that time came some great music including lyrics written by Carole King in the song, “You’ve Got a Friend.”
“When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand and nothing, nothing is going right. Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest night. You just call out my name and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running to see you again. Winter, spring, summer or fall all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.you’ve got a friend.”
When we feel pain or sadness; when nothing is going the way we planned; when we feel totally lost or out of control; we have a friend. Our friend is Jesus and I know we can count on Him to bring light to a dark existence.
We are now faced with more difficult times. We often wonder if there will ever be peace again – especially within our own borders. Families are being torn apart, friendships broken and it’s all over a difference of opinion. It seems to me that the voice of America was heard in the last election. We have an executive who is getting into the trenches and fulfilling many of the promises he made while campaigning. Still there are those who can’t let go and let the man govern.
Will this turn into another revolution? Are we getting close to another civil war? I hope not, for as Abraham Lincoln so aptly put it many years ago,
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Times change. Leaders come and go. We blame everyone but ourselves for the mess this country has gotten itself into, but it’s time to become united again, rather that rent apart. We are better than that.
Through all life’s confusion and rage, we have a friend we can count on to be consistent in His promises and His path for our country. What a friend we have in Jesus.