I've said it before and I'll keep saying it until people start to listen. We are way to connected. As my company's Marketing Assistant I get email updates on what new tools people are using to market themselves and I came across this article. People are now Twittering during church sermons! Which is also encouraged by their Pastor! Let me just put my disclaimer in now, I find this to be completely disrespectful to the house of God and in no way endorse, or think, that anyone should be doing this. I can't even imagine how distracting that all is for everyone else. Sooo if you get caught don't say, "Well I read about it on Carolyn's blog" and "they're doing in in South Carolina". That won't bode over to well with Pastor Sargent. Not that anyone that I know would do this, but I have to put it out there anyway. For those that know what I'm talking about, can you image if this went down as a practice at BBC?
Sufficeit to say I way pretty irritated at reading this article and watching the corresponding video. Just to let you all know, technically I am a member of Twitter, but I only joined so that I could see if would be of use to the company I work for (which it won't). So if you see me on there you won't see any activity, because I'm not interested in being that connected. So please don't add me as a friend because you won't get any tweets from me.
Anyway, why do I find it so disrespectful? Well basically because these people are telling God that He's not worth paying attention to. That it's more important that they communicate their ideas and feelings than letting the Lord deal with them during the message. It's definitely an ego centric way of living life. It's also disrespectful to the others who are not participating in the practice and want to get all they came from the message. I have a hard enough time when someones cell phone goes off at church, so I can't imagine what it would be like listening to all the clicking buttons. One person doing it is not so noticeable, but get even a small group like 10 or 20 people doing it and it would be a much different picture.
Well my disgust ends here and instead I'll just put down a couple of reasons why I think God is worth paying attention to in the hopes that anyone that participates in this abhorable practice will cease and desist, and if you're someone that doesn't I hope that the list is just a blessing to you.
1. 1 Peter 5:7 ~ Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (Some days I can't even wrap my head around the fact that He, God, the Almighty, cares about little ol' me. If He cares so much about me the least I can do is pay attention to His leading in my life.)
2. Hebrews 4:15 ~ For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (He's worthy of being paid attention to because who, besides Jesus, can truly say that they haven't given into temptation at some point and time in their life. If someone can withstand the temptations of Satan I think that there's LOTS to be learned there.)