We live in a media mad world, and this is especially true of social media.
In all it’s rapidly evolving forms social media has created a generation of people with very short attention spans. People don’t know how to connect in meaningful ways; reinforcing low EQ’s.
We are told through culture that because people have shorter attention spans, we have to change the way we teach, speak, relate, literally scream and be ridiculously outrageous to get peoples attention. This is hurting people.
In recent years, I keep hearing people say, the church is competing for peoples attentions, so we better make sure we are competive and relative and keep up with all the technology and creative design, etc, etc, etc…
And YES this is somewhat true. But it’s more true to say:
Accepting the shortening of attention spans is very damaging and we are losing our abilities to meaningfully engage and attend to the more important things in life.
So instead of accepting and going along with culturally dictated norms that only serve to dumb down culture–and therefore dumb down the church–we should be continually teaching and training and helping others to grow and use all of our incredible God-given capacities to engage and think and use our brilliant minds!!
God made us in His own image: Brilliant! Amazing! Creative! Strong! Smart! And with incredible abilities and capacities to meaningfully engage our world–God’s world!
He has given everyone of us genius in some area. Everyone of us. Our genius is to be used to serve others. This requires incredible attention.
God has given us incredible capacity for attention so that we can serve others. But if we allow culture to dictate to us, we will become lazy and inattentive to peoples needs; impotent in loving and spreading the gospel; and so will our children because we will not recognize the vital need to teach them God has so much more and better…
So, NO! I absolutely do not accept what culture dictates as normal. I will be aware of what is happening in culture, but I will not accept it; nor live at a lower standard than God intends.
God has given people incredible gifts and talents. If we learn to be wise in stewarding and developing them, honorably serving God with them, we will be light years ahead of culture–prophetic people. This is what God intends for the church.
We have a responsibility to give the best of our attentions and energies to God, allowing Him to stretch and grow us, so we can serve Him well, so He is glorified on the earth.