Increased accessibility to the Internet and an influx of social media means news—any news—travels at lightning speed. There is so much that I would never hear about if it were not for twitter. A great example is the recent Reformed Rap controversy. I don’t follow the panel that spoke out against rap and would never have heard about this if a friend hadn’t posted it on Twitter. I’m not advocating that we discontinue sharing news, I’m simply stating the facts; we do not have to wait until the newspaper arrives to discover that something has happened in the world (local and beyond).
Often the news that spreads the quickest is controversial—someone said something or did something that wasn’t wise, was hurtful, or shameful. We hear about it for about a week or so and then it goes away. So can any good come from controversies?
Dr. Richard Bevins, of the National Museum of Wales, who helped point out the discovery, said, “I don’t expect to get Christmas cards from the archaeologists who have been excavating at the wrong place all these years.” (Source)
When I read this story one morning, I shuddered to think about how miserable it must be to feel you have wasted a large portion of your life digging in the wrong hole. How miserable it must feel to discover you have squandered all this time chasing an illusion, working hard on something that in the end was the wrong thing to be working hard on.
Captain Picard sings “Let is Snow”
This is pretty amazing:
(You can stop watching after the 1:15 mark.)
Whether you’re a college student trying to get a passing grade or a pastor churning out books written by a ghostwriter, there is an element of “increasing” present that I’m not sure is healthy. I would argue too that even bloggers must wrestle with this dichotomy. If it is true that we must be ever decreasing and increasing Him—what does that say about all our platform building?
We may not be building a tower of Babel to reach God, but what have we made our god in His place?
One reason I was haunted by this guy’s response is I started to fear that I might sound the same way to someone else I am trying to talk to about Jesus. I think all of us need to get a whole better at “Role-Playing for Jesus.” I would have given this guy a lot more credibility if he could have reduced the anger in his rhetoric and then very precisely communicated the best reasons for the deity of Jesus. I would have at least known that he has understood, not just heard with his ears, but understood with his mind the top reasons I believe Jesus to be God. This man could have then said, “Tim, does this sound like what you teach people about the deity of Christ? If so, can I now share with you why I still believe Jesus is not God?” I would have been much more receptive to hear his position knowing that he understood my views on Jesus.