Archive for February, 2015

A World of Information

Posted in Musings on February 3, 2015 by Ed Pettus

There are more blogs and magazines and commentaries and newspapers and “what all”, more than I could list here, that expound every idea under the sun on any and all topics.  The Internet is certainly the largest source of everything!  I’m on the Internet as much as any “techno geek” and I appreciate Twitter and Facebook for those who post articles that I would never see otherwise.  Most of the articles I read include authors who are so sure of their opinions, even treating their opinions as fact to be received with joy by every reader.  I exaggerate, of course, but so many people are so sure of their “rightness”.  And then there are the comments by the readers and the comments on the comments.  I also understand that articles without such certainty might be poor reading.  Authors do need to shock or exaggerate to get readers.  Yet, it also creates lots of poorly written shock and awe.  There is perhaps a greater need in our world today to retreat from the world for a short period of time.  We can easily get hooked on the information highway and lose sight of that which is most important.  The apostle Paul writes about the importance of transformation (Romans 12:1-2) but we tend to gravitate to mere information and thus suffer from spiritual malnourishment.

We are the most informed in the history of people.  What once may have taken weeks to know from around the world is now communicated in seconds.  It appears that there is nothing we cannot know or at least read about on the webinator.  But what we know does not always lead us to transformation of heart and soul to the degree necessary to a more abundant and fulfilling life.  My pet peeve these days is the 30 minute news broadcast that barely touches on a multitude of information tidbits with no reflection or meaning given to those events.  Then you tack on the liberal or conservative slant, depending on your news preference, and you get even more garbage presented.  It is just a constant barage of information and misinformation that numbs the mind to the transformative news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is not my intention to suggest a boycott of web or TV news but to encourage less for the sake of more good news from the good book.  All that we viewed on FOX or CNN yesterday will fade away if it has not done so already, but the word of the Lord will endure forever.  Add to that the brilliance of the word of God that puts all other information into proper perspective and you have a great motive for reading the words of life eternal.

Ezra 7:10

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