I got home from the morning service one recent Lord’s Day and began my afternoon ritual of reading the mail, wifi computer style. I opened up my email and started FaceBook, when I noticed that someone had tagged me in a post that morning. Now I am just vain enough to smile when someone recognizes me and puts my name up in lights somewhere so this made me smile. I dove in for a closer look.
As I investigated, I found that it was one of the people who was present for my morning sermon. At first I came quite close to becoming irritated at this, especially because it was my son. But then I read the post. It was a quote from the sermon, and a profound one at that. How could I be unhappy with that? In fact it made me just a bit proud of my son and I told him so.
So, that evening (we still have Sunday evening time at our church), I proceeded to share my pride with my church. I was a bit amazed that there were some there who did not share my admiration for the event. It seems that there are still some that don’t appreciate this new era of quick communication and electronics. There are still some that miss the point that it is still the Bible even if it is on the screen of a smart phone. They can’t quite grasp that a notepad still records notes with no ink or paper. Nor can they comprehend that a post can be made to FaceBook without it taking the full attention of the young person placing that post – probably becaue they can’t make a post without it taking their full attention. I am not sure that they can grasp that God probably had someone out there at that moment who would see that particular post, and that He just might speak to that heart through the sermon without that person having been in the room.
I am not suggesting in any way that folks should allow themselves to regularly be distracted by their electronics when we should be listening with extra earnestness for God to speak to us. In fact, I am both distracted and offended when people answer their phones or get up and run out because it rings. But I don’t think I can say with complete certainty that every time one uses one of these tools for something other than a notepad or a Bible that is inappropriate. There are, after all, some who think even then these tools are not appropriate. But, I really do believe that these thinga-ma-bobs are and will continue to be great tools.
And, I will always wonder who read that sermon note posted to FaceBook in the very moment it was posted. I’ll wonder if that was a person who should have been in the church house with us and wasn’t, so God reached out to him where he was. And I’ll wonder if He used a young man with his electronic distraction thing to do it. I also wonder if that person would have ever heard anything if it were up to those who just look at it like playing with a toy in church.
And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation (Romans 15:20 NKJV)
See You SONday!
© SF Gallagher 2013