INSTANT GRATIFICATION is no longer a novelty or a convenience. It is an expectation. With the rise of the Internet we have seen the focus shift from instantly accessible products and services to instantly accessible information. We have access to more information than ever before. We are more connected, able to reach out and touch someone by phone, text, tweet, status update, or whatever the next technological innovation will be. But it seems these advances come with a price – a corresponding breakdown in civility.
It’s certainly not intentional on anyone’s part. We don’t set out to be snarky or uncivil toward the other. But it seems that these changes have contributed to a decline in civil conversation and mutual respect. …
We can customize what we read, who we listen to, and what we experience. We are able to avoid the voices who would challenge our assumptions. Those who fall outside the scope of our beliefs are drawn in broad strokes and demonized as the enemy rather than acknowledged as our neighbor and/or brother or sister in Christ. We fail to practice mutual respect because we simply don’t know one another. …
What would our tweets and status updates look like if we took the words from Ephesians 4:29-32 to heart? It may be time to slow down, take a deep breath, and think intentionally about what we are communicating before we whip out the phone and offer our unsolicited opinion. May we transform the culture of Twitter and Facebook into places that practice compassion, offer forgiveness, and reflect life in God’s kingdom.
- Jay Voorhees
Alive Now, Jan/Feb 2013
From “(Dis)Connected” by Jay Voorhees, pages 18-19 in Alive Now, January/February 2013. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14, NRSV
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