I have recently gotten into reading Twitter in the morning. It isn’t a good place for me to be, for sure because after I read it I spend my whole shower trying to think of what I can shout into the void to stop the madness. It seems like Twitter has become an old school mob that is almost literally tarring and feathering people and then celebrating when they are run out of town. Into that void there are a few voices on both sides trying to speak calmly and have a real discourse, but most of the people are just trying to shout and shame anyone who has ever made a mistake or who doesn’t agree with you.
So I sit in the shower and try to figure out how I can help.
Today it hit me. I can’t help Twitter world. I can’t help internet outrage or the people who are fueled by it. I can’t stop people from destroying lives because of one video or from yelling instead of listening.
But there is something I can do.
What I can do is share Jesus with people, anytime, every time. What I can do is be the hands and feet of Jesus reaching out to people one life at a time. We have moved into this world of social media and everyone having a platform and I think I have forgotten than real changes don’t happen when you shot into a megaphone, they happen when you are willing to walk across the street to help your neighbor.
My epiphany this morning was to stop worrying about internet things and start worrying about right here beside me things. That is how God is calling me to make a difference.
Yesterday I wanted a list of all of the poetry in the Bible. I knew about the books of poetry, but I wanted to find the poems that are in the other books too. I also wanted to find some of the hymns and such too. Basically I was looking for all of the places where the modern translations indent to make it look like a poem.
OK, so here was the problem, I couldn’t figure out exactly how to search fo that stuff. I have Logos Bible version 6 and I was pretty sure that there was something in that program that could search for poems, but for the life of me I couldn’t thin of how to look for it. I also couldn’t figure out how to find what I was looking for on google.
After floundering around a bit I figured out that what I was wanting to search for was literary types and that I could do for those.
What it made me realize was that in this world of lots of information it is vital to know how to look for the answers.
I have said many times if my son (who is 10) is taught high school the same way that I was then someone isn’t doing their job. There is no reason for him to memorize vast stores of dates and facts. Instead what he will need in this world of information is a general guideline of events or ideas and then the skills to know how to go and look for the right information.
He needs to be taught the right search terms.
As church leaders and youth pastors I think our role in teaching the Bible needs to evolve as well. It is more important for us to teach students were to go find the answers than it is to try to stuff them full of facts. We need to be teaching them the right way to go and discover truth. It is much harder to teach that way, but it’s a whole new world out there and we need to teach accordingly.