Years ago Williamsburg decided to create a "New Town" to complement Colonial Williamsburg. It would be a place where people lived, shopped and worked...a real community. Over the past few years it has been taking shape as the roads are now lined with stores, restaurants and homes. There are many opinions about New Town. Some love it and some seem to despise it. Personally, I enjoy the energy there from all the people that make it come alive. But the other day a thought hit me as I was bicycling through New Town. When they designed this new urban center, they had free reign to decide where everything would be placed. Planners decided that a church and a courthouse should be included. The interesting thing is that the church and the courthouse have been located outside the town, itself, on the other side of a busy divided road, while the centerpiece of New Town is a movie theater. Don't get me wrong, I really like movies. I just think it's some kind of comment on where we are today when instead of the church on the green, as in New England, or the Courthouse on the square, as in much of the South and Midwest...we have the theater forming the hub. I wonder if this isn't an accurate reflection of our primary focus these days, which is more aligned with pleasure than worship or justice.
2 Timothy 3: 1 "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power."
(I really do like the movies...just ask my family!!)
By the way, what kind of structure are you building in the center of your heart?