Re-Sounding Gong Christianity…

corb9310I’m curious about who sent the note.  It’s a Facebook request asking that I become a “Top Best Friend.”  My curiosity is peeked; I wonder who might consider me a ‘Top Best Friend.’

Clicking the link reveals an individual whom I scarcely recognize with a note attached asking for information about things like my birthday.  Shouldn’t a ‘Top Best Friend’ know that already?

The Internet is rife with all sorts of communication; much of it meaningless and banal.   Today words are being traded across the globe with a speed that is breath taking.  I heard a recent statistic that during the recent inauguration celebration, Internet requests for service were hitting at a rate of 5 million hits per second!

We seem to have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and connection.  Paul speaks about the power of  language in his famous love chapter, I Corinthians 13:1  “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

Essentially Paul is saying our multiplicity of words is simply NOISE if it is unaccompanied by love.  In our modern world, we have grown used to noise.  In fact some of us feel uncomfortable if something is not playing or droning on in the background.  Many of us have a continuous drumbeat of personal noise whirring around in our heads all the time.

But all of it is meaningless, a simple filling up of empty space…dark voids, cluttered with chatter  which lack substance and power when our motive and intention is not empowered by Love.

Noise can become a stumbling block which depletes us emotionally and spiritually because it hinders our ability to recognize the loving presence of God in our lives.  It is also easy to think that what is essentially noise has eternal value because the continual grating of noise dulls our sensitives.

God wants to fill us with Himself so that our words resonate with life and power.   This is the one element of the profound grace of the Love of God.

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