Paul tells the Corinthians that the Israelites’ experience in the wilderness was recorded “for their instruction.” MHA affirms the legitimacy and necessity of cultivating a historically informed mind, so that we might follow our ancestors in their faithfulness and repudiate their sin. Every generation, every culture, and every age demonstrates the fallen character of man’s heart in unique and often subtle ways. To think that our own contemporary age is exempt from sin would be naïve. C.S. Lewis labeled this perspective “chronological snobbery.” We need our brothers and sisters from past decades, centuries, and millennia - a council affectionately known as the “democracy of the dead” – as well as contemporary voices to help us see the emptiness of our current perspective and situation. Even pagans know that those ignorant of the past are doomed to repeat it. Therefore, Christians individually and collectively should acknowledge our dependence on and need for an historical perspective. The LORD exhorts the people of God living in physical, moral, and spiritual exile to "Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls…” Christians should relinquish the modern evolutionary assumption that only what is “new” is worthwhile, preferring instead to walk on the ancient path of Christian faithfulness and mercy that stretches back to the garden of Eden.