Cars are safer and more efficient, more people have cars, phones are better, people live longer, information about everything is much easier to get, shopping is easier, farming has become more efficient, food is safer and easier to buy, air-conditioning is much more common, microwaves make cooking easier, there are more people, photography is easier and better, our highways are better, air travel has become much more routine, people are generally cleaner, recycling is common, there is less pollution, fewer people are hungry, it is easier to file taxes, the chances of having a nuclear war have decreased somewhat, and all Americans, including women and minorities, have equal opportunity under the law.
However, our cities are less safe, crime and lawlessness are more common, more people are homeless, illegal immigration is much more common, our history and Constitution are correctly understood by a smaller portion of our people, our borders are much less secure, our national debt is higher, sports and entertainment have become more politicized, many more babies are killed by abortionists, our elections are less secure, fewer people go to church, much of our infrastructure is in worse condition, cars are more complex, our media has less credibility, our government is more bloated and corrupt, public schools in many cities are much worse, police are not as well respected by many, more people are obese, taxes are higher, there is less religious freedom and less freedom of speech, fewer people marry, more children are raised without fathers, and fewer people understand the wisdom of our traditional national motto, “E pluribus unum” (Out of many, one).
Some things have stayed the same. Mothers still love their children, many people from around the world still dream of coming to America, evil still keeps trying to prevail, and God is still in charge.
If we only look at the times that we are living in, it can seem like we are living in the worst of times. What we often fail to realize is that while every age has problems, the world is steadily improving. 2000+ years ago Jesus said that we would do greater things than He had done, and the Christian world has done just that. The changes are gradual, but, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”