Decadence and Decay

“For the world in its present form is passing away.” (1Cor 7:31)

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This scriptural passage reminds us of the impermanence of creation. Things break down over time. Our lifespan is limited. In the face of this knowledge, how do we spend our time? Where do we place our resources? What do we value most? We are told to “seek after the greatest gifts,” (1Cor 12:31) which are always somehow connected with love.

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I find myself attracted to photographing decay when I come across it, whether it be a rusting vehicle, dilapidated buildings, decaying vegetation, bare trees, etc. These images can be at the same time beautiful and melancholic, yet oddly comforting. Is part of it that I’m growing older and facing my own mortality?

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No one home

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The comforting part of this scenario is the realization of resurrection and new life. “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” (Mk 1:15) For the Christian, the image of decay and death is not the end but the promise of new life to come, a way-station on the road to eternal life.

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“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (I Cor 1:18)

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