The other day my pastor talked on virtue but one point he hit on in particular resonated with me.He touched on the subject of social media. He called it a narcotic pacifier. Pretty strong words but he explained what he meant. Its is the undeniable fact that when we are bored we look at our phones, when we don’t want to talk to someone we pretend we are busy on our phone. It is like a pacifier! Not only that i heard the other day that a guy took a shower without listening to something on his phone… he said it was nice to just relax and think in the quiet. Well I bet!
I’m so sad for my generation. I was talking with a friend my age, as we were driving, about how we grew up playing with sticks and stones and weren’t allowed to get a DS or iPod. In fact I had to work all winter bringing two 5 gallon pails of water to our sheep and donkeys every day to earn a Walkman! (That my parents got for free by the way) but I was SO pumped when I finally got the Walkman and got to listen to any CD that I wanted by myself! And note that this was actually the time in history when iPods were big and I was so excited to earn a hasbeen. Haha my simple childhood! But honestly kids these days… my mom always told me I was a rebellious child, she’d say don’t touch the rock and I’d look at her and touch it, but even with that I had a deep respect for my mom.
It’s crazy to think how fast life has moved in the 20th and 21st centuries. We went from long skirts and extremely cautious about this new thing called an automobile to being able to contact anyone at basically any time! Our western culture has gotten perilously used to technology and it worries me. I even see myself feeling weird driving without my phone or not being able to use my online banking app. Everything is so automatic and easy! We have slowly but surely developed a very lazy generation, that feels completely entitled to all they have. The solution is only Jesus to the crazy world. It seems hard these days to be an alien in this world.
Christians will have to prove they are different then culture. That we don’t worry about “finding what makes us happy”, that our marriages are different then the 60%, that we don’t need the narcotic pacifier of technology to keep us “sane” (although does it really?). It’s not easy but it’s so worth it when you think of the words “well done”. The Christian life is so full of hope! This world is not. Let’s pass on that hope!