Sunday, December 18, 2011


A. Brother

I've been wanting to post in my blog something on this vital subject.  We have lost our family and community culture in the west due to our love and passion for all things convenient.  Yesterday I had a discussion in our office with a woman who brought up her resistance to having an iphone because she feels so crazy as it is in her life. 

 I commented that it was really the invention of the telephone that was the most massive and sudden shift in society, and that ever since then, we have been working on more technology to separate ourselves from one another while appearing to be more connected.  It is a deception that has taken hold at all levels.  

Nobody is ever "in the moment" anymore.  We are never with whom we're with.  We're always connecting somewhere else while we ignore the ones we are standing or sitting with.  When we're doing something, we're trying to figure out what we'll do next.  When we're at one party, we're making sure there are more parties coming up.  When we walk down the mall with two friends, and all three of us are on our cell phones talking with other friends, we are conveniently avoiding depth of relationship, and any commitment to it.  

Time has come to resist, and back out of this race for separation.  Christ-followers should thoughtfully begin this process, rejecting the knee-jerk options that are coming at us fast and furiously.  We have mistaken, even in the churches, connectivity for communication, and clicking for closeness.  

Watch the new Sprint commercial, with the dark-haired girl going through the endless cycles of her days, new phone in hand and in her face every moment, no matter what she's doing, and unable to concentrate on where she is, unable to notice anyone or anything that isn't on that little screen.  "Unlimited data" is the pitch, and ironically, to me, this commercial makes that life of chasing little characters on a screen seem ridiculous and small, and totally undesirable.  

However, the blindness is upon us.  God help us, in Christ, to live in this moment, in this day, and to put down the instruments of separation.  Use technology, don't let it use you, brethren in Christ.

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