The Remnant 

A few weeks ago we were watching an older Disney movie called The Adventures of the Wilderness family. A movie filmed in 1977 about a family, tired of living in the city, who moves into the wilderness to live off grid. After selling everything and buying some land they arrive to their new home by plane. A romanticized version of learning to live off the land they have exciting experiences which are foreign to most of us. 
While watching the movie I was taken back by how much America has changed in the past 40 years. The first thing that caught my attention was the fact that the little girl and boy were riding with their dog in the back of the family pick-up truck. One might expect this on the farm or in the wilderness, but they were riding through rush hour traffic in LA!  
The second thing that caught my attention was the family prayer offering thanks around the dinner table. In 1977, prayer was so common that Walt Disney included it in a major motion picture. But nowadays movies and prayer don’t go hand in hand. 
This story reminds me of another one found in the Old Testament book of 1 Kings. It is about a prophet named Elijah. This story is recounted in the New Testament book of Romans (11:2-5).
“God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.”
In spite of my dismay at the change in our culture, I must believe that “So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.” A people who wholeheartedly worship the Living God. Ones who aren’t afraid to pray even when the culture deems it antiquated.

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