Communication the exchange of ideas AND meaning from one entity to another – we can use common symbols, signs, or behaviors to accomplish this. I’m sure we can agree that we are bombarded with information near every conscious minute, but how much meaning is actually conveyed?
I believe we are a crisis right now, and not because of the information – but because we lack real communication. When communication happens you can make an intelligent decision. I don’t think enough time is spent sending or receiving the information to convey what is meant – and this may sound cynical, but I believe it’s on purpose.
We are told we have a short attention span – especially children, so we get bombarded with sound bites. Have you ever watched a 30 second football, basketball, or baseball game? When was the last time your child played a video game for 30 seconds? We don’t have short attention spans – we just pay attention to things that matter to us!
The truth is we are being conditioned to make fast decisions with sound bites that target emotional responses. Some of you can remember when we got the “news” at 6pm and 11pm on one of three TV channels, or the morning paper. Hmmmm, how did we ever survive? Our world view was molded by the church – and church was more than a Sunday morning service. Now pastors have to keep checking their watches to keep from going over time? Are you kidding me?
Do we really wonder how we got to this point in our country? Not if we take the time to understand what it meant when the Word say; “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Brothers and sisters, if you want to get closer to God, take the time to communicate with Him. Read the Word, listen to hear His voice – I know God will speak to you, and show that you understand through your actions. God bless you and keep you safe.