Communicating You (Part Six)
While concurrently holding the biblical nature of communicating with God and the anemic nature of exchanging information amongst ourselves, it is clear that change is necessary. It is best understood that growing in Christ image is not a simple principle to which we must assent, but more importantly it is a transformation that we must daily pursue. Eph 5 pushes us toward the necessity to imitate God. In regard to communication, the imitation that is in order is connection and not information retrieval.
Modern culture has starved communication to a sinful reality. Satisfaction in connecting with others is realized if appropriate data is given and received. But, this is not so with God—it is not about news, it is about relationship. Unfortunately, the habit of humans is not to model connection with others according to the prescribed connection with God, it is the other way around. So our prayers are superficial, unanswered, and unnecessary and our relationships are dead and digital. Christians and non-Christians alike talk to God as if he has information to give them and they have information to give him. Many would be much more agreeable if they could simply email God and eliminate the supposed reasons for prayer and praise. This is not only the direction communication is going, but the present reality. Consequently, we see that something as simple and harmless as online socializing has the ability to alter our communion with God.
There must be awareness, as well as a response, to the creation of false image and the byproduct of the progressive decay of communication. It is necessary to first submit to the reality that myspace, facebook, second life, and other Internet social networks present a haunting opportunity to manufacture self. Equally important is the acceptance of the deteriorating progress of communication. Information exchange has begun to take over as the replacement of connection. From these understandings we must be actuated and transformed toward holiness. And the ultimate model for that transformation is discovered and rediscovered in the Gospel.