“Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! (Genesis 11:6)
What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 2:22-23)
When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”
Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” (Exodus 32:1-4)
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:9-10)
Reflection: “God doesn’t text”
Greg Burns presented a drama about being too busy with social media to listen to God. Cick here to download experiencing the story.
Steph Chandler and Greg Burns reflected on the good technology can accomplish in our lives, and also the dangers that constant connection via our devices can bring. We watched this video: Silent message for everyone. The spiritual disciple is for us to take time away from our devices to actually be present with those we love.
Spiritual Practice Suggestion
We consider it peculiar that Muslims stop five times a day to offer prayers to Allah, yet we stop what we do five times an hour to pay homage to our e-mail.—Joe Carter, firstthings.com
Questions for Reflection:
- How often do you check your social media accounts (ie. Facebook, twitter, foursquare, instagram) or your email? Your texts?
- Do you feel addicted to your cellphone, iPad, video games, computer, television or other technological device? Why or why not?
- Does being around others when they are using their electronic devices make you feel invisible? Do you think your actions have similar effects on others?
- Are there relationships, activities, or interactions that are being disrupted by the presence of technology? Are there pieces to your life that would be more meaningful if the devices were removed, fully or partially?
Suggestions for Unplugging:
- Take a technology Sabbath
• Choose a time that works for you
• Begin and end in prayer
• Let people know you are unplugging
• Don’t worry if you have to briefly break a rule (ie. Using GPS when lost)
- Enjoy your meals
- Put cellphones away in basket during meals, or designated social times
- Focus on the face-to-face company you’re keeping
- Entertain the thoughts you might normally not pay attention to
- Practise the “Three Text Rule” (if it can’t be discussed in three texts, call or wait to discuss in person)
• Play board games
• Have dinner table discussions
• Go for walks with others
• Take a friend out for coffee