Let’s Not Mistake What Some Mean By “Tolerance” by Neal Pollard

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian declared war on establishments which wished to decline services to those of the LGBT community. Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes bakery, were driven out of business by a lawsuit in the wake of their refusal to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. According to Todd Starnes,

They faced boycotts and picket lines and other wedding vendors were threatened with similar action if they did business with Sweet Cakes. The family’s young children received death threats and the store’s  social networking platforms were overrun by militant LGBT activists posting obscene and profane messages (read here).

On top of that, they were ordered by the court to pay the couple $135,000 in emotional damages.

(Click here to read more on Neal’s site)

#culture, #guest-article, #intolerance, #lgbt

Guest Article: Plato and Paul by Joshua Gulley

Plato and Paul by Joshua Gulley

As a diversion lately I’ve been reading a textbook I kept from college: Philosophy: History and Problems. In a chapter about Plato the authors describe his theory of “Forms.” Basically, forms are the essence of a thing—you and I, being humans, are copies, imitations, or manifestations of the form called “humanness.” Perhaps a better example would be the form called “Beauty,” of which there are many diverse expressions. A rose, for example, displays characteristics of the form “Beauty.” It doesn’t exhaust the characteristics of beauty, because beauty can be manifested in other things—a sunset, for example, or an attractive person, or a relationship that works properly. The things that display the form “beauty” are almost endless. The point is that these individual things are only manifestations of the “form,” which is said to exist independently of the things which are copies of it. In support of this idea is the fact that we make value judgments about the quality of things. We say that one particular “car” is better than another car, implying that there is a standard—an “ultimate car”—by which we measure the quality of a particular car—and one model is closer to that standard than another.

Like other philosophies, I suppose this one has weaknesses, but that’s not the reason I brought this one up. I find this philosophy of “forms” intriguing because it suggests there are two worlds—one that is made up of the things we see and handle, which are, as Plato suggests, copies of the true “forms” that exist separately from our experience. The analogies could be pushed to the extreme, but I think this aligns perfectly with what we understand from reading the Bible. There is a physical world—a world of the flesh, the things we experience. Then there is a spiritual world—a world of the “forms” or virtues that find expression in the physical world. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” All these we can imagine as “forms” which find expression in the actions we portray in everyday life. I’m ninth in line at Wal-Mart at the only register that is open despite the fact that it’s Wednesday night and they should know there will be an onslaught of customers, but instead of huffing, puffing, and describing the managers using creative adjectives, I make use of the time by saying a silent prayer, getting to know someone in line next to me, or thinking of all the things God has done for me today that I don’t deserve. My doing so is not the ultimate picture of “patience,” but it is a reflection of that “form” which exists separately from my individual demonstration of it.

I believe the apostle Paul has Plato’s back here. “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:1-2). Lord, may our lives be filled with demonstrations of those “forms” You call us to pursue; and by so doing, help us reflect Jesus, who is our life.

Josh is a teacher of music at the High School level and is a member among the saints who belong to the Smithville Church of Christ

#forms, #fruit-of-the-holy-spirit, #god, #guest-article, #jesus, #paul, #philosophy, #plato

Guest Article: A “Timely” Reply by Joshua Gulley

The following is an email sent by my friend and brother in Christ, Josh Gulley, to “Time Magazine” in response to an article written by a religious figure in which the word of God was deceptively twisted in an attempt to change the will of God before the eye’s of his readers.

Dear Time:

I was a little shocked after reading Gene Robinson’s commentary entitled “The Pope’s Baby Step on Gays” in August’s issue. I was downright horrified by his last sentence, and I’ll get to that shortly. The gist of his article was that the Pope’s comment, “Who am I to judge?” is a baby step forward for the Catholic church in becoming up-to-date, meaning accepting gay people and their activities as righteous. He seems to think the Catholic Church needs to get with the program and take a strong stance that the gay lifestyle is an acceptable one.
The increasing acceptance of the gay lifestyle within the Catholic Church and Christianity at large is a very bad sign. It’s even worse that men who approve of this lifestyle are being appointed as leaders. Men who wear the title “Bishop,” “Pope,” “Pastor,” “Preacher,” “Evangelist,” etc. are supposed to be characterized by a devotion to faithfully interpret the words of the Bible, which they believe to be the word of God and therefore authoritative over anything any man anywhere says. So it must be the case that former Bishop Robinson, who seems to consider it a tragedy that Christians everywhere have not embraced homosexuals and their actions, has never read passages like 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Romans 1:18-32, and a handful of other Scriptures which condemn the actions of homosexuals along with a host of other actions which society still considers bad–like murder; and some which strike a lot closer to home–like gossip.
I find that hard to believe, though, since Robinson must have gone through some biblical training before being elected as a bishop in the Episcopal Church. But perhaps it’s true, given the way he misused the two Scriptures he quoted. The first was a quotation of Jesus saying, “Judge not, that you be not judged,” which Robinson implies to mean that actions which Scripture clearly condemns should not be considered sinful. So, to be consistent, we must apply this standard to all the actions which Scripture condemns. When someone robs a bank, we should turn the other cheek; when someone murders their spouse, we should ignore what happened; when someone sets off a bomb in a hospital, we may frown, but we should not seek punishment upon them. Continue reading

#commentary, #false-teacher, #gene-robinson, #guest-article, #homosexuality, #media, #religion, #reply, #time-magazine

Guest Article: Psalm 33, A Poetic Adaption by Joshua Gulley

Here’s something that some of you may enjoy reading first thing in the morning: scripture poetry.

Psalm 33 Adapted by Joshua Gulley

Come and sing to the Lord with great joy in your souls

All you men who are righteous in heart

For ‘tis fitting for those who are righteous to praise

And bid those who would mock us depart

Now give thanks to the Lord while you play on the lyre

Singing praise with a harp of ten strings

And with such virtuosic accompaniment each

Shout for joy in his heart as he sings

For the Word of the Lord is so pure and upright

And His might He displays without fail

Taking pleasure in justice; His love can be found

Through the plain, o’er the hill, in the vale

By the Word of our God all the heavens came forth

By the breath of His mouth all their host

He collects all the oceans in storehouses deep

And forbids them to march past the coast

Now let every created soul stand before God

Short of breath, mouth agape at His might

For ‘twas only a Word which He spoke that brought forth

Sun and moon, earth and sky, day and night

Lo, He brings to an end what the nations pursue

For no human designs can defeat

All the plans of the Lord, which cannot be defied

Generations all bow at His feet

Oh, how blessed are the people whose God is the Lord

All His chosen ones here on the earth

Oh, what glory they’ll share when they look on His face

Life eternal, peace, fellowship, mirth!

Now the Lord scans the earth from His dwelling above

Yes, He knows all the hearts of our race

For He fashions them all and the plans they devise

Come to naught without His tender grace

No, the king is not saved by a powerful host

Nor a warrior delivered by strength

Do not trust in a horse to bring vict’ry in war

E’en though strong be his muscles at length

How the eyes of Jehovah are e’er upon those

Who before Him on their knees do fall

Who yet wait for His mercy and trust in His love

And in hope on His name e’er they call

To deliver their soul from the reach of the grave

And to keep them alive through the drought

Yes our souls ever wait for the Almighty God

Who’ll deliver us without a doubt

Yae, our hearts keep rejoicing in Him whom we trust

On His sanctified name e’er we lean

Let Your grace, peace, and mercy, Lord, be upon us

Until thy holy face we have seen

Josh is a teacher of music at the High School level and is a member among the saints who belong to the Smithville Church of Christ

#adaptation, #faith, #god, #guest-article, #honoring-god, #poetry, #power-of-god, #praise-god, #psalm-33, #trust

Guest Article: Anti-Virus Software for the Brain by Joshua Gulley

1 Peter 1:15-16 is what I thought of when I read this great article by Josh:

The longer I am a Christian, the more keenly aware I am of my need for God’s grace. We are supposed to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5), and I believe this to be my greatest failure as a follower of Jesus. We are supposed to have a filter—a kind of screening process our minds use to dismiss material that is not going to be healthy for us to think about. Philippians 4:8 describes the standard: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Using this set of requirements, we should probably dismiss MOST of the things we encounter on a daily basis as food for thought. I struggle to do this. There are images or ideas that enter my mind at times, and I know immediately that they are unhealthy for my spirit, yet I allow myself to follow them out. And, just like a mature tree is harder to remove from the ground than a sprout (and leaves an uglier spot in the ground once removed)—or just like the cooking dish is harder to clean after it has dried for hours—a thought process is harder to avoid once you have allowed it to take root in your mind. Once those neurons carve out a new path, they like to return and travel it again.

God, help us to apply the filtration process in Philippians 4:8 to keep our brains free of the kind of trash that tends to lead us away from Christ. – Joshua Gulley

Josh is a member of the Smithville church of Christ and he teaches music at the High School level. 

#christian-living, #christianity, #guest-article, #heart-issues, #holiness, #illustrations, #spiritual-analogies, #thoughts

Guest Article: The Grieving Consoler by Joshua Gulley

Here’s an excellent article written by a good brother in Christ about overcoming setbacks and grief through serving others:

The Grieving Consoler by Joshua Gulley

 I don’t know what kind of relationship Jesus shared with John the Baptizer. Did their separate callings take them in different paths in which they rarely got to see each other? Did they often visit one another while growing up? I do know that once they began their ministry, they each recognized the other’s role in the will of God, prophesied in the Scriptures. The Bible records compliments paid by each to the other when speaking to large crowds. When John sent messengers to ask Jesus if He was the Messiah, Jesus replied in a beautifully poetic fashion: “The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not made to stumble because of Me” (Matthew 11:5-6).

So they perhaps had some personal affection for one another. The Bible doesn’t say directly, but in Matthew 14 when Jesus heard that John had been beheaded, He “withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.” We can surmise that Jesus must have been seeking solitude in order to grieve the loss of His friend. Nowadays when a man’s relative dies, we gather to him in crowds to comfort and console him. But in this instance, it was Jesus who we would suppose needed consolation, yet the Scripture says He was the one who felt compassion for the crowd. Perhaps His retreat on the sea, thinking about John’s untimely death, His own death coming a relatively short time in the future, and the temporary nature of man’s time on earth made Him more sensitive to the present needs of His fellow-man. Whatever the case, here we see the ultimate fulfillment of the command to “look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).

And herein might we learn a lesson: perhaps there are some people who seem to retreat from society after loved ones die, becoming bitter and aloof, dwelling on their own sorrow and tribulation. The Master, however, did not do this. Rather, His grief seemed to create more room in His heart for the people who were still there. Lord, help us that grief in our own lives will cause us to count even more precious the ones remaining.

Josh teaches music at the High School level and he is a member of the Smithville Church of Christ

#consolation, #grief-recovery, #guest-article, #jesus, #mourning, #overcoming-setbacks, #serving-others, #sorrow

Guest Article: We Blew It by Ken Joines

Few in the denominational world seem to realize or even care about the damage done by division within the realm of “Christianity” when it comes to evangelism, but regardless of whether the ignorance is intentional or accidental, Ken Joines points out how the lack of unity on basic Bible principles can come at a great cost in the field of evangelism.

We Blew It by Ken Joines

   When I think of the thousands of Muslims who are now in the USA (more than 250,000 in Livonia, Michigan), I can’t help thinking what an opportunity this is for us to teach these people about Jesus and bring them into the body of Christ. We don’t have to travel to the Middle East; the mission field has come to us!

But, alas, this is not likely to happen for the very reason Jesus cited in John 17:20. He prayed, for His disciples to be united, to be one, “…so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” He is praying here for His people to be completely united so that out message will not be blurred or garbled. I can just see it now. A Muslim family visits an American church. They want to know how to become a Christian, to be saved. They are told, “Just believe…that’s all you have to do. Just believe and accept Jesus as Lord.” They visit another church where they are told, “You must be immersed into the death of Christ.” At the third church they visit they are told, “You don’t need to be immersed; sprinkling has been approved by our church.” On and on they go from church to church until they are thoroughly confused. They return to their mosque saying, “These so-called Christians are so mixed up you can’t tell which is which.” And they are right! We have so divided Christianity that we have lost our power. The restoration leaders were right in calling all men back to the Bible and to the unity for which Jesus died. But we wouldn’t listen.

Ken can be reached through the Goodman Oaks congregation in Southaven, Mississippi.

#christianity, #denominationalism, #evangelism, #guest-article, #religion, #restoration-principle, #spiritual-unity

Guest Article: Where Does Our Mouth Lead

Here’s a great article about the peril of speaking before we think by Carl Hanson. Carl preaches for the church in Port Townsend, Washington, USA. He also sends out a daily devotional email for teenagers (but they’re also great for the young at heart as you’ll see) called “teEn-MAIL“.

        WHERE DOES OUR MOUTH LEAD?

    Commitments. Promises. Pledges. Vows. Giving one’s word. Do we take such SERIOUSLY? What do we see from others around us? Do we observe difficulty sticking to them, keeping them, following through with them, and fulfilling them? Are they quickly made, soon regretted, and then dismissed as if they meant nothing? Has such left us in a world where we do not always know what to expect? Even with signed contracts and business deals, loopholes are sometimes sought out to break that to which one had been formerly committed.

Solomon cautioned. . .

“(25) It is a snare to say rashly, ‘It is holy,’ and to reflect only after making vows.” (Proverbs 20:25 ESV)

The specific context here appears to relate to the committing of something to God; setting it aside as holy and devoted to Him. When such was the case, it could not be taken back for common use. Under the old law, when one made a rash vow and did not fulfill it, they had to offer a sin offering so that the priest could make atonement for them. (Leviticus 5:4-5) Yes, it was a sin!

As SERIOUSLY as we ought to take our commitment to God, we should also be SERIOUS regarding what we have promised to others. Have we ever experienced having not thought a commitment fully through and found ourselves trapped by it? HONORABLE CHARACTER IS SHOWN IN FOLLOWING THROUGH with what was said anyway. For this reason Solomon’s caution was against committing rashly or too quickly. Reflecting on what we have committed — whether to others or to God — should be before we speak.

Solomon noted further in Ecclesiastes. . .

“(4) When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. (5) It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. (6) LET NOT YOUR MOUTH LEAD YOU INTO SIN, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?” (Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 ESV)

Where do our words lead? It is better not to vow than to vow and not follow through. That to which we commit ourselves we ought to be ready to make good. Therefore, let us give thought to the SERIOUSNESS of having surrendered our life to God. When it comes to the marriage relationship, the vows ought to be taken very SERIOUSLY as being made to the other and before God Who is the witness of all we say and do. When it comes to our interaction with others, may we be known as ones whose “yes” means yes and “no” means no. (Matthew 5:37) What we have said with our mouth, let us REVEAL BY OUR ACTIONS THAT OUR WORD CAN ALWAYS BE DEPENDED ON; words that always lead to making good on our word.

Have a great day BEING KNOWN FOR HONORING OUR WORD! – Carl

#christianity, #ecclesiastes, #god, #guest-article, #keeping-our-word, #solomon, #vows, #word-being-our-bond

Guest Article: How To Please Everyone by Tim Woodward

Páramo woolly baby donkey in Chimborazo, Ecuador

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s an older article written by one of the ministers at a sister congregation in the same county as Keltonburg. It includes a great story that illustrates the impossibility of pleasing every person.

A man and his grandson went on a journey one day, walking and leading a donkey. Soon they met a man who said, “How foolish for you to be walking. One of you should be riding the donkey.” So the man put his grandson on the animal.

The next traveler they met frowned and said, “How dreadful for a strong boy to be riding while an old man walks.” With that the boy climbed off the donkey and his grandfather climbed on.

The next person down the road, however, said, “I just can’t believe that a grown man would ride and make a poor little boy walk.” So the man pulled the boy aboard and off they rode on the donkey together.

That is, until they met the fellow who screamed, “I never saw anything so cruel in my life, two intelligent human beings riding on one poor, defenseless donkey.”

Down the road a short distance, the trio met a couple of men traveling together. After they passed, one of the men turned to the other and said, “Did you ever see two bigger fools carrying that donkey?”

How do you please everyone? YOU CAN’T! Don’t even try! Just do your best to please God. Perhaps that’s the lesson Paul had learned when he wrote in Galatians 1:10…”For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” The sooner that each of us learns that we cannot live by the conscience of other men, the better off we will be. While we try to please others we sometimes find ourselves in a far worse predicament than when we first started. So, follow the advice Peter gave in Acts 5:29…”we ought to obey God rather than men.

Tim Woodward, Smithville church of Christ

 

#guest-article, #ilustration, #pleasing-god, #reputation, #serving-god

THE WAY PEOPLE TALK by Winfred Clarke

Here’s a good little bulletin article that actually has a sermon outline for Nehemiah mixed in. I got it from the Montrose Church of Christ which is in a neighboring county. I thought some of you might find it useful.

THE WAY PEOPLE TALK

Most of us are aware that people are going to talk. Men are going to have their say about things. That doesn’t mean that what they say will always be right, but they are going to talk.

What is said by people is an indication of what is in the heart, for it is out of the “abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” So it behooves us to be sure that we say what we ought to say in spite of what people in general may say.

You will see the importance of this in the book of Nehemiah. In the fourth chapter, you will find that which “Judah said,” that which the “adversaries said,” and what Nehemiah “said.” So here are at least three cases of people talking. But a great deal is learned from this as we see the “way people talk.”

Remember that Nehemiah has returned from captivity and had undertaken the task of repairing the walls of the city of Jerusalem for such was “broken down” (Neh. 1:3). The job of restoration was underway as one group after another was given an assignment. As you read chapter three, you will see that one group would be working in one place, and the “next unto them” would be another. This is found time and again in this chapter. Look at verses 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12 of chapter three, and you will note this.  In the midst of all this activity, one will find people talking. What sort of voices will you hear?

I. THERE IS THE VOICE OF DOUBT

Listen to those of Judah as they say, “The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall” (Neh. 4:10).

This is equal to saying “we can’t.” That means they would reach a point where they will just stop and not try. They would not put forth the effort that it would take for them to move through the rubbish. They would see it as insurmountable.

How often have we heard these voices that would say, “it cannot be done,” but all we had to do was look around, and somebody was doing what some said could not be done. Yes, people will talk about those things that cannot be done, but they can be done.

II. THERE IS THE VOICE OF DEFIANCE

Notice, “And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease (Neh. 4:11).

Here are people who are avowed enemies of the project being undertaken. They are not about to stand aside and allow this work to go unhindered. They will oppose it with all their might. This is nothing new, for the Devil has always opposed that which God would have done. His methods may vary, but he will oppose good works one way or the other.

III. THERE IS THE VOICE OF DETERMINATION

After the voices of those of Judah and the adversaries had been heard, there was need that Nehemiah speak. Somebody ought to say something that would boost the work. Somebody ought to be able to see something good. This is where the leadership of Nehemiah comes to the fore. It is said, “And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your house’s (Neh. 4:14).

Nehemiah was not about to stand back and allow this good work to be destroyed. He is not about to allow those within and without to stop such an effort.

It would indeed have been a sad day for the cause if he had not risen to offer encouragement. Suppose he had taken to bashing the work they were doing. You would never find good men involved in any such talk as this.

Be it to the credit of Nehemiah, that in spite of what others would say, the work would go on and succeed. So will it ever be.

Periodicals and Bulletins, Winfred Clarke

#encouragement, #faith, #guest-article, #leadership, #nehemiah, #sermon-outline, #tongue

Guest Article: “I Have Sinned”

“I Have Sinned” by Joshua Gulley

Recently a student at a public high school was sent into the hallway to correct some questions on a test he failed in order to recover some credit. Taking advantage of the opportunity, the student stepped into the restroom with a cigarette lighter and a marijuana pipe. With unfortunate timing (for the student) another teacher stepped out of class to use the restroom and noticed an odd smell as he opened his door. He walked into the bathroom and saw the student, who, interestingly, did not even take the precaution of going into the stall. Instead, he was lighting up in the middle of the bathroom, disdaining the probabilities of being seen. As the student followed the teacher out of the bathroom, he threw the incriminating evidence into the hallway trash can (which the teacher quickly retrieved), and with an air of false pride and anger at what he perceived to be injustice, said, “That wasn’t even mine!” He evidently thought he should be counted innocent because the materials did not belong to him.

This occurrence revealed a couple of things to me about the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden. First, Eve either refused to believe that she would be held accountable for eating the forbidden fruit, or she was so tempted by the possibility of pleasure that she chose not to think about it. We too forget on occasion that “all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). Were we to think matters through thoroughly, we would make wiser choices. Secondly, much the way a defense lawyer tries to direct the jury’s attention away from the evidence and towards circumstances that cast doubt on the defendant’s guilt, we too attempt to justify our sin by comparing it to others who commit “greater sins” or shift the blame to someone else who may have been involved in our crime. The sooner we learn to follow in the footsteps of those who were man enough to say, “I have sinned” (Achan, Joshua 7:20; Saul, 1 Samuel 26:21; David, 2 Samuel 12:13; Solomon, 1 Kings 8:47-48; Daniel, Daniel 9:4-5), the sooner we will find the strength to resist the temptations to which we most often succumb.

A few of the examples listed in the parentheses do not have happy endings and therefore may seem like poor examples to emulate. It must be remembered that sin always has consequences, and that we are not here discussing the proper response to the temptation, but rather the proper course of action to pursue after the wrong choice has already been made. The least (and perhaps the most) that can be said for men like Achan, Saul and David is that they accepted 100% of the responsibility for their sins. They didn’t pass the buck to someone else or try to justify their actions. They just plain admitted they were wrong. They “faced the music” as is often said. Might we learn to do the same, especially in view of the promise made in 1 John 1:9—“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Praise God!

Josh is a teacher of music at the High School level and a teacher of the Bible for the church at his home congregation in Smithville, TN. 

#achan, #adam-and-eve, #christianity, #david, #god, #guest-article, #public-confession-of-sin, #repentance, #saul, #sin

Guest Article: iPhones or iDols?

The following article is by Josh Gulley. Josh is the son of preacher man, a high school music teacher and member of the church in the same county that I live in, but he’s not a member at Keltonburg…hey, everyone has to have a flaw or two 🙂 Hope you find his words of warning helpful:

iPhones or iDols?

Cell phones can be wonderful tools. They have made the world smaller by allowing us to communicate more quickly and conveniently than has ever been possible. Using smartphone technology we can do almost anything, from paying our bills to controlling the lighting and air conditioning in our home while we’re not there. It has made life much easier—no longer must we waste all that energy opening the door or peeking out the window to check the weather: we can do that with just a few touches of the screen. Jesting aside, they have become a useful addition to our lives, and I imagine that there are some children of God who have (as I suppose we should) given Him thanks for the blessings cellular technology has brought to our lives.

As with every other good thing, however, cell phones can grow on us like warts. Days and weeks pass before we realize that we are touch-screening our lives away. Some of us have perhaps had the experience of turning around and driving miles back to our homes because we were almost to our destination when we realized our phone was not on our person. We feel like the earth’s rotation will stop if we are without our phones for an hour or two. At some point we cease using our phones because our phones are beginning to use us.

I personally do not have a smartphone (yet), but I know the description above can be true based on simple observation and experiences with other technology. As a teacher in a public school, I constantly have to remind students to put their phones away. If I do this at the beginning of class, within two or three minutes of giving that direction I will see somebody holding their book in just such a way to hide their phone from my sight. I am afraid some of them are drifting into a world where they depend on having that gadget in their hand the way we as humans depend on food and shelter. Continue reading

#bible, #christ-like, #christianity, #devotion, #guest-article, #idolatry, #smartphone, #technology