Somebody forgot to tell us


  • In 1940, Popular Mechanics magazine published this prediction: “By the year 2000, energy will become so cheap that it won’t be worth making a charge for it. This means that freight as well as passenger transportation, like the heat and light in your house, you won’t have to pay for at all.”
  • In 1949, the same magazine gave this forecast: “In 1999, unlimited power will mean the production of ample food, clothing, housing, and luxuries of all description for everyone. There will be no poverty, disease, famine, or slums anywhere on earth.”
  • Harold Stassen, wrote an article in 1951 for Ladies Home Journal in which he said: “Before the end of this century, nuclear energy will create a world in which ‘dirt’ will be an old fashioned word. Routine household tasks will be performed by the push of a button. Ours will be a world where no one curses smog, where the air everywhere is fresh as on a mountaintop, and the breeze from a factory will smell as sweet as that from a rose garden.”

Have you checked your light bill lately? Have you driven by a paper mill recently? Have you noticed how well we have eradicated poverty and suffering? If there is a button to push, I’ve lost it. The optimism of predictions made almost 75 years ago fades in the light of reality. Most futurists have enough trouble just figuring out what to have for lunch today, much less what food will be like in fifty years.

Perhaps we should put down our magazines and pick up something more trustworthy. The timeless Word of God calls us to place our trust in the One who never changes, who is always dependable. You’ve heard it before but it still fits: “We may not know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future.”

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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