Communication is Key!
by Nick Bishop
Today the world is more interconnected than at any other time in history. Through television and radio, we can listen to and watch programmes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In less than the blink of an eye, the internet can inform us of what’s happening on the other side of the globe, and with social media, we are able to communicate instantly with friends and associates.
Humans are renowned for their ability to communicate. What the fin was to the fish or the wing to the bird, so communication is to our species, so said, David Attenborough in his series, ‘Life on Earth’. Among the many creatures that inhabit our planet, there are very few of them that have a complex language like humans. Seemingly, apes and dolphins come close, but there is no comparison with the means and variety that humans use to communicate with each other.
Whether its cave paintings, verbal communication, codes on clay, or words on parchment, humans have always communicated. If it were not for language or writing, for example, how could humans live in a well-ordered society?
In Roman times, roads were the internet of their day, allowing messages to spread efficiently, including the good news of Jesus. Later, the printing press came along, which enabled the first Bibles to be printed in English for the ordinary person to understand (if they had been taught to read). From that came pamphlets, books, posters, magazines and of course newspapers, sharing news and telling stories.
Of course, communication methods in authoritarian societies be they religious or political, have been used to control their populations. Hitler, Stalin and Mao made use of film, just as despotic regimes do today, with video, social media and state-controlled news. Even news outlets in democracies have been accused of left or right-wing bias, for example, the BBC.
So while technology has enabled communication to network humans together in remarkable ways, Christians need to be careful. Satan, of course, will use any means to spread his message, so we should not be surprised if Satan uses today’s technological marvels to get his perverted message out there. Some programmes, news and other media, definitely have a demonic or dark twist to its content, and this is why we need to be careful with what our eyes see and ears hear for the heart to absorb. In recent years there has been a rapid growth in paranormal programmes, and much of the news is dark and disturbing, not to mention the soaps (at peak viewing times) with themes often involving sex and violence. Christians should avoid the stream of content that can pollute the soul. Of course, the medium of communication can be used for good, as stated earlier, and especially, to spread God’s word. While this is certainly true, for some, one must use spiritual discernment, as some content may not be as faithful to God’s word as the viewer thinks!
Finally, Christians must learn to communicate with the love of God under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
John 15:12: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”.
James 1:19: “Know this my beloved brothers: let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger”.
Proverbs 17:27: “Whoever retains his words has the knowledge and him who has a cool spirit, is a man of understanding”.
God bless you xxx.
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