Hello everyone. It’s hard to believe I am actually typing a blog. For those who know me, this will doubtless come as a shock. For those who don’t know me that well, let me explain.
You see, I am semi-anti-techno-gadgets. Make sense? No? Then perhaps some further explanation is in order.
I am a pastor to young adults in Jacksonville / Camp Lejeune, NC with a clear focus on Marriage / Parenting / Home. Thus, the title of this blog, “Cross-Centered Homes,” or C2H as we affectionately call it in my home church. C2H is a new emphasis in our church that seeks to reclaim God’s grand vision for the home, as He has revealed it in Scripture. Thus, the focal point of this blog will typically be doing home God’s way. But, what does all this have to do with my semi-anti-techno-gadgetry?
Well, to be blunt, there is a huge part of me that thinks we, as a culture, are bringing ourselves to ruin by our absolute obsession with social networking, texting, emailing, tweeting or tooting, etc. While none of these things are evil in and of themselves, and certainly can be used for redemptive, Christ-exalting purposes (which is what I aspire to do here), the fact is all of these things are estranging us from the truest form of human relationship – face-to-face.
I love the Bible’s epitaph of Moses: “And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face” (Deut 34:10).
For this we were created! Face to face communion with God and one another! This, I’m afraid, is what we are losing quickly in my generation, not to mention my children’s generation. I will have more to say on this in future posts. For now, just indulge me and carve out some time today to just sit face to face with someone and talk, and laugh, and enjoy the other person’s presence.
Why not carve out some time to spend such precious moments with your Creator? Not literally face to face with Him – not yet – but surely “mouth to ear” with Him in your prayer closet. Why not lead your family to commune together with their Creator this very day? This is the way to start reclaiming “face to face” relationship.