The Times They Are A-Changing

Come gather 'round people Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters Around you have grown
And accept it that soon You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who That it's namin'.
For the loser now Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land
And don't criticize What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command
Your old road is Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn The curse it is cast
The slow one now Will later be fast
As the present now Will later be past
Your old road is Rapidly fadin'.

And the first one now Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

These are the lyrics to a song written in 1963 by Bob Dylan, and performed by various artists over the years. The seeds of this song, it's, "prophetic-ness", are now being more fully understood and realized.

Recently in the news were the results of a Pew research project that found, numerically, Christianity is on the decline and the number of people who do not identify with any particular religion or faith (referred to as, Nones) is increasing. For some, this is not news. The times they are a changin', and have been for a while.

These are historic times because religion is going through a kind of re-formation. Church attendance is down, the influence of The Church is becoming marginalized, but the church has been here before- this is not "new"s but things are changing. 

People still have a belief in God, but they can't quite explain what or who God is. People will always have religion because it's part of our being. Re-formations can take years, if not decades, to play themselves out and that can make Christians nervous- but it's not our call. Things will become what God wants them to be, but we want things to stay the way we want them to be...which is somewhat futile if not idolatrous. 

For religious people I say, enjoy the ride- let's see what happens. The church that nurtured and nourished us is still alive and meaningful, but there is a new thing coming because the times, they are a changin'

Here's a YouTube link to song: