"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ---John 14:6
Friday, November 12, 2010
"Relevant: having direct bearing on the matter in hand; pertinent."
Years ago, a Sunday School teacher in our church took up a new cause: he declared we should all use only the King James version of the Bible. Just the original version, not any updated KJ Bibles, either. Everybody, all the time.
He got pretty obnoxious about it and after some weeks I asked him, "You're expecting even teenagers to read only the King James, at home, during their quiet time, alone?"
"But there are many difficult passages and outdated wording! They'd have to read it with a dictionary beside them."
"So where's the problem? Let them use a dictionary then."
And now often I see people online saying they've decided paper-and-pen letter writing, phone calls and actual same-room contact are the only forms of real communication. And how online technology has killed true, personal intimacy.
("Danger, danger, Will Robinson! In-the-box thinking!") :)
Actually, I'm writing more "letters" than ever. You should see the thousands of emails in my 'sent folder.' You probably have thousands in yours, too.
I grew-up in churches and around folks who always wished to move backward. New ideas and modern ways of doing things? Never as good as the old ways and ancient days. So they just ignored anything unfamiliar and held onto their ancient methods.
That's how churches die, you know.
From the time I was 16 until I was 36 I wrote hundreds of pen-and-paper letters each year. Honey, I was one passionate snail-mail correspondent. But at age 40 I went online, wrote hundreds of emails yearly, instead--and never glanced back.
Often I pray for relevancy.
Nobody will ever convince this modern world to return to old-fashioned letter writing (barring a historical-sized sabotage of all things computer-related). We're in this technological world too deep. Facebook and Twitter-style communication will thrive, probably evolving to something else in the future.
I've faced that.
So what remains is for me to discover ways to stay relevant in other peoples' lives. To use email and Facebook (etc.) as the amazing tools of communication which they can be. God certainly isn't telling me to evolve backward in my communication, but rather, He asks me to move forward as He does. In Love.
Real love is all about relevancy--it reaches and stretches so to care best for others.
Relevancy always flows, moves forward, discovers new ways to adapt to others rather than making others adapt to it. And Love finds the most relevant way to share this one most vital message: Jesus loves me this I know.
What remains is for me to follow that Love. With relevance.
If you enjoy old-fashioned pen and paper correspondence, more power to you! I do still mail the occasional letter, though I most often type them. Of course, letter-writing purists would cry foul about that, but then, those purists don't have to decipher my handwriting. :)
What I'm saying is please don't insist the whole world does as you do.
"Anything is what I make of it."