Just Stop…

This first week, we have been given radical advice.  Can you imagine a pastor asking us to stop praying?

As you study chapter 1, you begin to understand why.  You have all heard the old expression that “talk is cheap.”  Of course it is and today it is getting cheaper in my opinion.

Pastor Chan takes a shot at technology when he says “We are a culture that relies on technology over community, a society in which spoken and written words are cheap, easy to come by and excessive….We are slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to become angry.”

Every day we find new people finding their way into the news.  It could be Toya Graham, the Baltimore mother who slapped her son and berated him for participating in riots instigated by the shooting of Freddie Gray.  It could be Donald Trump with his presidential announcement and his comments about Mexicans:  ““When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with them. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

I am not bashing Toya and I am not bashing Donald.

I am just providing two examples of talk.

Today, thanks to technology, anyone can get their words and images recorded.  Everyone has their opportunity for fame if their words and actions are outrageous enough.  What a dream come true if the comments go “viral.”

Let’s stop a moment and ask a tough question.

Do you think God really cares?

What has technology fueled?  Man is in love with man.  We think we are special because of what we can say, especially if it gets views on YouTube. Toya Graham got 120,000 views and then an interview on CBS news with 205,000 more.  She got an interview on “The View”, she got a phone call from Oprah and some are touting her as “mom of the year.”

Toya is an ordinary person, not a celebrity.  Donald Trump is another case.  He can command an audience on his name recognition alone.  Who has not heard of him?  His presidential announcement was covered by the three cable news 24 hour networks and his YouTube video has half a million views so far.  Donald is not shy about sharing his words.

At this point, we may begin to understand Pastor Chan’s ideas.  Let’s put them in the context of scripture.  “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”  Psalm 100, vs. 3 KJV.

I am not a fan of Facebook but I look at it from time to time.  I have family members who will post about anything on it.  At times, I wonder why they just don’t call each other and keep the information within our family.  However I strongly suspect that the need for attention is behind the popularity of Facebook.  People love to share their feelings on Facebook.  We have to photograph our food, our vacations, our pics of our cars, our loved ones, our pets etc.

Do you think God really cares?

Maybe I should lighten up and just have fun but it is hard to have fun when people post political statements about race, gun control, our national leaders and other serious topics.

Do you think God really cares?

I have reread chapter 1 many times for Chan’s thoughts but let’s go further.

Today in church our pastor read from Mark 5 vs. 35-41.  The context is different but let’s imagine Jesus looking at our rants on YouTube and reading our posts on Facebook.

What he did in Mark He could do to us.  When in the boat with his Disciples, they encountered a storm and it was so violent the Disciples thought they would die.  Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat, sleeping on a cushion.  He got up and rebuked the wind saying “Quiet!  Be still!”

Could He do that very thing to us?

Of course He could.

Should He?

Yeah.

“He that hath made us, and not we ourselves.”

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