The science fiction novel entitled A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley expresses the idea that:
In the future there will be so much information coming at us, that people will be reduced to pacifism and become easy to control. (Paraphrase)
Although it was a book written in 1931 the concept rings hauntingly relevant to the current technological age we are in. Advances in gadgetry are constant, when a new thing arrives it becomes old in a matter of months and a better version’s revealed. Furthermore, the amount of information we take in from all the different types of media we have at our fingertips can absolutely be overwhelming, that is if we don’t have a soul. I’m being a little sarcastic, but it’s so easy to be consumed by all types of information, and entertainment, that it could render us useless when it comes to the things that matter most in life.
Interestingly I’m reminded of a scripture that bears an opposite theme:
I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal,
when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.
Jeremiah 2: 2
According to the idea in Huxley’s futuristic vision, people become distracted by a flood of information. Yet, in the scripture I just quoted, there’s a real purity of relationship between the newly betrothed Israelite’s to the God who rescued them out of Egypt, and the key it seems is the fact that they were in a land not sown.
The wilderness they were in was free from distractions.
We live in a pluralistic society with multiple cultures, multiple religions, multiple values or the lack thereof, and a massive amount of entertainment everywhere. Yet, it’s important for all Christians to know when we’re distracted. We have to take a step back and ask ourselves if we really need to be on Facebook, or Pinterest, or even this blog?
I asked myself the same things, because I found my phone glued to my hand, and my mind constantly on the trigger of searching something new to stimulate my thoughts, and in reality my soul. Instead it became numb, and I didn’t feel enriched, but enslaved to the ever falling showers of information. In a very real spiritual sense it feels like you can’t breathe.
I decided to take a step back and set my sights on a few important things, rather than always prowling for something new. It’s been a blessing, because you get a real peace from “unplugging” and minimizing your focus anew.
If I could encourage you to do one thing, that would be to take an inventory of how much brain space you’re using, and effort you are putting into the life sucking vortex of the internet, and turn it off, and enjoy the quiet with your Bible in hand, a prayer of guidance, and time to look into the perfect law of liberty.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.