In our lifetimes there have been many changes. There is the Internet, cell phones, Blackberrys, iPhones, PSP’s, the list goes on and on. Electronic media has taken over much of our lives in such a way that it has created medical problems for many people. Progress in some ways is good but too much “progress” is not. Our lives were not made to revolve around “things”, we were created to pay attention to our Creator and serve Him.
In the world today are so many distractions and temptations that it is hard for “connected Christians” to keep up with everything. If we allow too much of the connected world into our lives our connection to God will be clouded over and lose some of its clarity. I am not saying that God would cut the connection, but our attention will not be focused on Him enough because of the other “stuff” getting in the way.
Our lives have been given to us to spread the Good News of Jesus and His love of all. That is the commandment that was given to His disciples and to all who became followers of Him. Our lives have far more meaning in service to Him than they ever would or could if we were lost and not serving Him. I know there are some who do not know Jesus or have a realtionship with Him but if you would give Him a try, reading the Bible with an open mind and heart, your life and the lives of those around you would be truly blessed.
Our lives are to be used in service to others through our faith in Christ. Our faith in Christ is what gives us the strength and ability to do what needs to be done for God and His kingdom. This is supposed to be the purpose of every Christian on earth.
The people who hate us and ridicule us are those who don’t understand our faith or beliefs. The say that they don’t want what we have and yet, the self-help section in bookstores is overflowing, psychologists are turning away patients, people are taking Prozac and other medications by the handful. Why?
Because they are searching for something to fill the emptiness inside them. It may be drugs or sex or alcohol or many other things that are harmful to them as a person, but they will turn to something, anything! Especially when they don’t know what it is that they are looking for.
Most self-help books just re-package the same themes which are found in the Bible. They take the “religious words” out to make it easier for non-Christians to incorporate it into their lives but if you take them and compare them to an English Standard Version of the Bible they sound almost identical.
People hate to hear the words which I have penned here, especially those in the tech-industry. I have noticed that if you mention God or the Bible or Christ around people who are “geeks”, you will be almost “run out of town” and “hung by the neck until dead”. It doesn’t matter if you are talking about software for a Church or for Bible study.
God created us and gave us the knowledge to create the computer and the software which runs it. It doesn’t matter who or why they say they did it. God has always been in control of everything that happens past, present and future. The technology which runs almost everything today is not new to God. He knew about the Internet long before it came into existence. Give Him a chance in your life. Listen to the Word in the Bible. Pick one up in a bookstore and read a little, it won’t hurt. You might find something that you have been searching for all of your life, but you will never know if you don’t at least try it. He is waiting. He loves you regardless of who you are or what you have done.