A friend of mine said to me last night “People are antisocial, they’re losing the ability to communicate and hiding behind technology”. As thought provoking as this may be it isn’t something I haven’t considered. In this discussion last night, I found myself associating this social “faux pas” to our relationship with God.
As a society we’re hurting our relationships with one another by replacing face to face interaction with technological communication. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been misunderstood because of the lack of expression in text messaging. I also can’t tell you how frustrating it is to give my number to someone I’m interested in (or could be interested in), only to have our first experience of private communication entirely robbed of it’s personal effect.
So what do our human interactions have to do with God? Everything! As creations of a superior being, who has pre-planned how He wants us to interact, we’re sabotaging one of the best things we’ve been given-the gift of community. If our creator wanted us to be alone, he would’ve created us in our own boxes, it would be like a grid of pet humans. God didn’t want pet humans, He wanted us to be His beloved children. He wanted to give us the gift of love, for Him, and for each other. So why has everything gone awry?
Humans biggest mistake, from the beginning of time, until the present day, is this seemingly simple problem… Disobeying and turning away from God. As a society we’re slowly but surely separating ourselves more and more from the creator. We don’t like how following His will is “too hard” and “no fun”, yet we find ourselves feeling so very alone in a world inhabited by 6.7 billion people. Everyone else in the world has no doubt felt the same loneliness whether they’re in community with God or not. As mankind push God further and further from their thoughts (and they’re hearts), we eliminate any real shot at true love, and true relationships. Our communication suffers as a result of our loss of community with the inventor of community.
Is there any solution to this problem? Unfortunately, I fear there is no solution to the over all problem. The only solution is for us to separate ourselves from the ways of the world, rather than further separating ourselves from God and each other. As much as we’d love to change the world by changing people, it’s not going to happen. As we approach the end of time (the rapture), no matter how near or far it may be (it’s growing closer by the minute), we can’t anticipate the world becoming a better place. (Even if the world were to suddenly become peaceful, it would only be a trick of the enemy, to cause us to believe “there’s no need to seek God, because look how wonderful everything is.” But this is only to fool us, and the rapture would immediately follow).
So, here are the 2 simple ways to dig yourself out of this communication corruption of community.
1.) Numbers 16:9
“Isn’t it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the LORD’s tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them?”
How can we be an example to the community God has blessed us with, unless we devote ourselves to community with God himself? If we feel lonely and separated from people we shouldn’t sulk and hang our heads in self pity, we should seek after the only one who will always be there for us. We must find contentment in our companionship with Him, before we seek “fulfillment” in the companionship of anyone else. Even more important than that, once we’re content with our relationship with God, (and we know that we’ve pursued Him in a non self-seeking manor,) we can be satisfied that He is pleased by our obedience. We must not forget our first priority of community with Him, we should not say “Okay I’m all set now, time for me to go work on all my other important relationships”, we should remember that His hand is over those relationships as well. Don’t lose sight of the most sacred of all relationships, don’t get distracted by the others and try to fill voids only God can fill.
2.) Hebrews 10:24-25
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
If your sensitive to the Holy Spirit, He’ll show you when you should pick up the phone and call your friends, rather than just sending them a text. You never know how far a friendly voice can go, give your friends words of encouragement. Don’t just chit-chat, remember to make God the core of your relationship, keep them accountable by asking how God’s been speaking to them lately, or what they’ve been studying in scripture. Those thing will give you an opportunity to share how God’s been working in your life too. If your friend is an unbeliever God should still be at the core, I’m not saying, “preach” to them or quote scripture to them, (that type of thing can push them away,) but remember to love them the way Christ loved. Seeing each other face to face isn’t the purpose of church either, how much can we really learn about one another if the only time we ever see each other is on Sunday? Set aside time for your brothers and sisters, true community goes a long way, it keeps us accountable and helps us remember that we’re not the only ones Going through hardships. Righteousness is a team effort. You can’t please God by perusing him alone your entire life, or there wouldn’t be the call to “Go, and make disciples”.