History is one of those subjects both Christians and non-Christians tend to ignore. It is often considered boring and irrelevant to a culture that sometimes arrogantly believes itself to be better than the past. Philosopher George Santayana wrote, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
If everything behind us is history, how foolish we would be to ignore it. To forget the past would result in us not even remembering our way home. History is vital for the present and the future.
All of God’s Word (Bible) is a history that continues to speak into our present in new and living ways. It is because God remember the past that He is faithful to people in the present (Genesis 9:15). The word “remember” is used in the Bible over two hundred times. Over and over God called the people of Israel to “remember” who they were and what God had done. On of the greatest commands Jesus gave his disciples the night before he died (Luke 22:19) called them to remember: “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
History in general is important for us, but Christian history is vital to the believer because it not only includes the Holy Scriptures, but also the story of the Church as it both fails its Lord and faithfully responds to its Lord.
This section of my website will contain resources that call us to remember.