Luke 12:48 -
"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked"
Last Tuesday, April 1st, I conducted a little prank on Facebook for April Fools Day. But the results of my mild experiment were not what I expected. And, for me, the experience has me wondering if we are really using technology to its fullest potential to help our relationships to flourish.
The ‘Cosmos’ remake exemplifies that fact that biases of interpretation of our existence matter in our conceptualization of it.
During Lent, it is common for people to commit to giving up luxuries as a form of repentance. We abandon the things we enjoy like sweets, soda, or $5 cups of coffee. Others will temporarily abandon their vices – only to return to them, ironically enough, on Easter Day. Hooray! Jesus is risen – so now I can smoke, swear and get on social media again! Not so fast.
How we treat people on a day-to-day basis matters. Sometimes it is almost impossible to know when people are struggling. In the midst of great adversity – some that I can barely comprehend – many people stand tall, trying to be positive, acting as if everything is ok. Yet inside, they are fragile, weak and minute by minute struggling to hold it together.
Awhile back, when I lived in Ohio and was serving a church there, I experienced an annual reoccurrence come the end of every October. Numerous Christian parents in the community were very intentional about expressing their concerns regarding what they believed to be the sinister aspects of Halloween. What I came to later find out was that most of their concerns had little to do with the holiday’s origins but far more to do with its contemporary practices.