Things I Think
Had you grown up when I did,what we would want to discuss on a forum like this is what we watched on one of the three major networks last night.
On the local level,we would talk about what was in the towns newspaper this morning.
We drew our information from common sources and those sources were minute compared to today. You either trusted Huntley and Brinkley or Cronkite. You could pretty much trust either.
We were forced by the lack of technology to have many things in common and many shared experiences in the greater culture.
It was a far less complicated time.
We lived together in a physical place, a place that mattered, as did those within it.
We knew people, not sites, we read faces, not screens.
Now, we are all are own little gods creating our own individual realities, creating in isolation, creating community with images and monikers that can be muted and deleted.
We have hundreds of channels to choose from, millions of websites, and dozens of churches to choose from.
The news can be and is shaped to fit your personality, not any actual facts.
Few read the newspaper and the common link to the local community is withering.
We do not care because we live in communities of one, custom built to the individual ego.
We live and will die alone…death by sensory overload no matter what actually kills us.
The scattering of Babel has yet to cease…
2. We had time to think, time to discuss those things we read or viewed. Now, we have time to react…no real thought needed.
3. I’ve never taken a selfie and confess I find them to be among the most tawdry of technological advances…
4. I didn’t watch any of the Olympics…don’t care much about them anymore.
5. It dawned on me this morning that the reason some evangelicals aren’t really worried about the decline in church attendance is that they don’t consider many other churches to be valid expressions of the Christian faith…
6. The transforming power of the Holy Spirit hasn’t made me less of a sinner, but more of a repenter…
7. If I were going to pick out a “sign of the times” to lecture on, it would be #1…because one of the effects of it is the love of many growing cold.
8. If what you most hold in common with others online is who you hate…that may be a spiritual problem.
9. The sin of the church in Laodecia was that it didn’t think anything was wrong with it at all…and it was prosperous enough to make the fact that Jesus had left the building a non factor. Make your own application…
10. This blog has been around so long that sometimes we get nostalgic about “the old days”… I’m not sure if that’s good or bad…