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People’s History

I was sitting here thinking about the bible today.

When you look at the bible, you think about it as a religious text. “The word of God” as it was passed from person to person over time. Rarely does anyone think of it is a family lineage and history.

Much of the Old Testament is the history of Jesus’s ancestors. Our former Pastor, Ben, likes to use this fact a lot to show that God was trying to relate to us as best he could. God had Jesus come from a line of people that contained documented sinners. Now, I could turn this whole post into a religious conversation, but that’s not where I’m going with this.

How many of you know the good and bad of your family line more than 3 generations back? We seem to have lost all aspect of our own history. It’s kind of funny, because many of us are also concerned about securing our legacy here on earth. I can imagine that most people will still fade into history, not even having their names remembered by families anymore. I could be wrong, but I believe historically, books like the bible were not all that rare, at least not the pages documenting one’s lineage.

I’m not sure this is a problem, and I don’t know if there is a solution. The internet does seem like a way to start documenting our lineages for longer periods of time, but odds are, the internet will go the way of books within 3 generations.

Someday, I would like to get my hands on the family tree just to get it copied digitally. Something that would allow me to track my family lineage back to certain cities, towns, and perhaps people who had some sort of impact in their time, good or bad.

I kind of wonder if blogs will last. How many just fall of the face of the earth? How many blogs is google storing in some massive archive somewhere to be discovered by people who get degrees in studying google 100 years from now? It’s an interesting thing to think about… Just more evidence I guess that nothing here on earth really matters (other than perhaps love)…

For we have been promised a land of our own.