02 June 2017

This 'n' That

Well, another week is coming to an end, but that certainly doesn't mean the end of the busyness, does it? Real life doesn't take a break; it doesn't stop for weekends. Sure, in the white picket fence world of the 1950s sitcom, when Dad came home from work on Friday, all the cares of the week slipped away while the family enjoyed two days of carefree fun and fellowship. In the real world? Parents open their laptops at the breakfast table, email from their phones at their child's soccer game, and open their laptop again late into the night.

It's as if we walk around with the glowing halo of electronics surrounding us, and yet, ultimately, the electronics are not the problem. It's our unwillingness to unplug, our narcissistic belief that our "sphere of influence" cannot function without us for even an hour, let alone for a whole weekend. Our twisted view of our own self-importance has led to a warped and wiped out generation. Our children do not know what it is to spend device-free time with Mom and Dad, and we do not know how to look at our children except through the lens of our camera phone, as we seek to capture every moment we do have with them to share with 500 of our closest social media friends.

One cannot help but consider how the age of electronics and social media have affected our view of ourselves.

"I must check Twitter, someone might be saying something that requires my opinion!"

"I must share this photo, no one else has ever made this for dinner!"

"I must check my work email, even on vacation, because nobody else knows as much about this project as I do!"

Seriously? How twisted are we that we think the broader world cannot function without us? You know who should not have to function without us? Our family. Our church. Our actual friends (not your Facebook friends that you knew in high school and haven't spoken to in 20 years).

Do we serve the Lord by serving our family? Do we serve Him by serving in our church? Or do we serve another god?

My apologies for the rant, and rest assured that I am not excluding myself from the above analysis. But as the weather warms and the days grow long, let us use our time wisely, as the Lord has commanded. Let us serve and seek to glorify Him. Perhaps that does mean sitting at a computer and typing a blog post (see what I did there?), but it may also mean turning off that iPad and playing a game of catch with your son or daughter. It might mean taking a walk with your best friend, discussing the ways the Lord has been working in your lives. Even more, it might mean setting that smartphone aside, falling on your knees, and drawing closer to the Lord who has been good and gracious to save you.

Okay, now that we're all feeling guilty about spending time on the computer (sorry about that), why not dive in and enjoy the week in review (kind of):
  • This isn't marriage, it's legalized rape.
  • What is your daily Bible study time like? A to-do list, or a feast of truth?
  • Well, these never would have passed inspection at my high school.
  • On the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes! This is what's wrong with women's Bible studies!
  • Wow, there's a lot to consider in this reflection on what happened at Mars Hill Church—and how people have been working to heal in light of the whole Driscoll debacle. "...Jesus' church isn't dependent on any one man," says one former member. Amen to that. If only more men would realize this truth.
  • Here's some further commentary on the above article.
  • Is Christ the fulfillment of national Israel's prophecies?
  • A good perspective on training your children to behave in church. Although, I would argue that the problem doesn't only exist during church, but before and after. Irreverence is also shown when children are running wildly up and down the aisles, climbing on the stage, and interrupting and disrespecting adults pre- and post-service. Consider how that might appear to a visitor. Would you return if it that were the atmosphere?
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Totally absorbed in the words of Christ:

1 comment:

  1. So agree with your comments regarding children's behaviour in church! My husband is a pastor, and our two year old knows not to run in church or go on the stage... Now only if we could get the other OLDER children to follow her example!

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