The actual author is former Overlake Christian Church pastor in Seattle, Dr. Bob Moorehead. His essay was published in 1995 as part of a collection of prayers homilies, and monologues
gleaned from his radio broadcasts and sermons, entitled Words Aptly Spoken.Ironically, the author of what has been passed around the internet as being so inspired as if it were sacred writing,
later resigned from the church he'd built under a cloud of scandal. Under 30 years of his pastoring, it had grown from under
a hundred members to more than 6,000 and he was well-respected until allegations were made that in the 1970s, he'd
touched or fondled male members of the congregation. In 1998, the same year Dickson posted Paradox on his website, church
elders accused him of sexual impropriety, and then initially exonerated Moorehead in the results of their initial investigation,
but him. A year after he resigned after they withdrew their support, reporting that new evidence was discovered that showed
he "did violate the scriptural standards of trust, self-control, purity and godly character required for the office of elder
and pastor." It appears that the greatest paradox of Moorehead's conservative preaching was his condemnation of
homosexuality. It's still an inspiring motivational essay, however.
The Paradox of Our Time
have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways but narrower viewpoints; we spend more but have less; we buy more
but enjoy it less; we have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, yet less time; we have more degrees but
less sense; more knowledge but less judgement; more experts, yet more problems; we have more gadgets but less satisfaction;
more medicine, yet less wellness; we take more vitamins but see fewer results. We drink too much; smoke too much; spend too
recklessly; laugh too little; drive too fast; get too angry quickly; stay up too late; get up too tired; read too seldom;
watch TV too much and pray too seldom.
have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values; we fly in faster planes to arrive there quicker, to do less and return
sooner; we sign more contracts only to realize fewer profits; we talk too much; love too seldom and lie too often. We've learned
how to make a living, but not a life; we've added years to life, not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and
back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space; we've
done larger things, but not better things; we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we've split the atom, but not
our prejudice; we write more, but learn less; plan more, but accomplish less; we make faster planes, but longer lines; we
learned to rush, but not to wait; we have more weapons, but less peace; higher incomes, but lower morals; more parties, but
less fun; more food, but less appeasement; more acquaintances, but fewer friends; more effort, but less success. We build
more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication; drive smaller cars
that have bigger problems; build larger factories that produce less. We've become long on quantity, but short on quality.
are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, but short character; steep in profits, but shallow relationships.
These are times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure and less fun; higher postage, but slower mail; more kinds
of food, but less nutrition. These are days of two incomes, but more divorces; these are times of fancier houses, but broken
homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, cartridge living, thow-away morality, one-night stands, overweight
bodies and pills that do everything from cheer, to prevent, quiet or kill. It is a time when there is much in the show window
and nothing in the stock room. Indeed, these are the times!
by Dr. Robert Moorehead
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