Growing Apologist

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How Cell Phones Separate Us From God

Various cell phones displayed at a shop.

My mother, three nephews, niece and I piled into her big suburban this Sunday to attend church in a neighboring city in the mountains.  It takes around an hour to get there.  The drive is beautiful.  The city fades into the desert which becomes hilly and the hills become spotted with trees until enough elevation is gained and the wonderful vegetation of the forest surrounds the car on all sides.  And the most beautiful thing is no cell service.

My nephews are twelve, ten and seven, and all three have a cell phone.  I understand why my mother (who is raising my them) got cell phones for my nephews, but it was disheartening that the entire drive up the mountains to church, all three were constantly on their cell phones, playing games and checking for service.  Then I realized that I just turned my cell phone on for the millionth time, and I quickly became disgusted.

We are constantly ‘plugged’ into the secular world through these small devices.  Our children are growing up believing that it is normal to be plugged in like we are.  I hate to admit it, but even I who admonish the social medias and having a cell phone attached like a third arm, am obsessed with communicating with the outside world.  I am beginning to think that I am more obsessed than I think I am and that scares me.  It’s like this saying in running, it is not the big rock that twists your ankle–it’s the little one.

I think that this applies to us Christians and our relationship to God as well.  It isn’t the big sins that catch us, for we watch out for those.  It’s the little ones.  We all know the Ten Commandments, and we do our best to be ‘good’ Christians and follow them.  We notice (hopefully) the big sins in our life such as do not steal, murder, covet the neighbors stuff, adultery, idolatry, etc., and correct those in our life, but do we notice the little things?  Such as obsessing over a cell phone instead of obsessing over the coming of Christ?  Checking the latest Facebook status update instead of the Word of God?  Or even placing high priority of the incoming call above prayer?  How about Christmas shopping over attending church service?

Let us set aside the cell phones, the social medias, the emails, the constant pounding of the secular world against our consciousness, — just for a little while this Advent season—and truly ponder the wonder of the little baby who came to suffer for our sake out of great love.

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Facebook… Oh My…

I might have changed my mind about social media.  In case you were wondering, I’m not very enthusiastic about Facebook, My Space, Twitter, Digg it, etc.  It’s just so… disconnectedly social.  That may seem like an odd combination of words, so let me explain.

An example of the share buttons common to many...

So often I hear something along these lines on the Christian/Catholic radio stations that I listen to:  “Young people now days don’t know how to hold face-to-face conversations anymore.  They always just send these text messages and Facebook statuses, but then when they see each other, they don’t know what to say. If you have something to tell me, call me.  Don’t text me.”  While I enthusiastically text all of my friends, I have never really understood the great attraction to the other social media outlets and feel much like the person above about it.

I’ve been thinking about getting my own domain name for my blog.  As part of that research, I’ve also been looking into how to make a successful blog.  After all, the whole point is to have people read the stuff I post.  The big tip is getting the word out about the blog after one has a established quality content.  After visiting other successful blogs, I saw their Twitter and Facebook buttons and found fan pages for them on Facebook.

With much mumbling, I retract my original idea.  There is a use for Facebook.  That use is to spread the word of God.

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