Newer Isn’t Always Better

I’m a low-tech gal. I still use a paper pocket calendar to manage my schedule. I stand on line at the bank to make deposits. And I have a small whiteboard next to my desk to write reminders to myself.

That doesn’t mean I don’t use technology. I’m just not part of the first wave to implement technological change. I like low-tech. I used to apologize for it, until I read that the software company, Evernote, painted the walls of their headquarters with paint that turns walls into dry-erase surfaces.

Yup. This is the company that produces a cutting-edge app. And it encourages employees to brainstorm solutions to problems by finding a few coworkers and doodling on walls that mimic giant whiteboards.

Some things never go out of style. I like that. Not just because I still feel more comfortable with paper in a digital world, but because newer isn’t always better. And no where do we see that as clearly illustrated as we do in the area of morality.

These days, our culture uses the term old-fashioned as a pejorative. The term is frequently accompanied by an eye-roll or a sneer. Traditional, moral values often share the same response. Whatever our parents or grandparents practiced could not possibly be relevant or helpful in the 21st century.

So you can imagine the opinion these 21st-century movers and shakers have about the Bible. In fact, GQ magazine recently included the Bible in a list of books “not worth reading.”

  • A book written thousands of years ago? Irrelevant.
  • Men and women who put God first in their lives? Impractical.
  • A belief that man is accountable to a holy Creator? Ignorant.
  • Jesus resurrected from the dead? Impossible.

But how can they be so sure? Saying something is no longer true doesn’t make it so. Dismissing the wisdom of past generations simply because it’s been around for a while is egotistical. Most of all, denying the existence of God is not just arrogant, it’s deadly.

Newer isn’t always better. And the question we should ask ourselves is,

What is the price of being wrong?

It’s a price that will be paid for eternity.

Ava Pennington

After a 20-year corporate career, Ava Pennington is thoroughly enjoying her second career as an author, teacher, and speaker. Her book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is published by Revell Books and endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precepts Ministries. Ava has also written for numerous magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse. Her work has been published in 30+ anthologies, including 25 Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Ava also teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class. When she’s not writing and teaching, Ava enjoys playing with her mischievous 5-year-old Boxers, Duke & Daisy. For more information, visit

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