Come apart so you don’t come apart. ~ Common Sense
Then Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowd… (Mark 7:17)
After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them. (John 12:36)
When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself. (John 6:15)
We want to go with the flow.
We want to be in the know.
We want to be present not absent.
We want to be where the action is happening.
The next ping on your phone might be a signal that something big is going down and you can’t miss it.
Or can you?
Is there ever a point in your day when your ears are not filled by pings and dings? Or when your eyes are not enticed by a flashing box on your screen?
Just the thought of being away from our screens for any length of time causes some of us to feel anxious and fearful. A part of us is missing.
A clue that we are no longer controlling our devices but that they are controlling us are the tech leaders, the ones who invented the software and hardware that govern our behavior, who won’t allow their own children to have tablets and phones.
I heard someone say recently, “I do not know if I get texts because my phone is not glued to my hip.”
A heretic of the digital age? Or, a holy sage of the digital age? I wonder.
Why do we feel the need to apologize for not having our phone or tablet with us at all times including the bed and shower?
To be holy is to be set apart for sacred use.
Fanatical Christians love to talk about Jesus coming back. At times, Jesus was more interested it getting away from us than coming to us. Set apart. Holy.
Modern day holiness is about separating ourselves from the things that come between us and God and between us and the people we love.
Face to face rather than screen to face.
It may well be that the holiest act we can do today is to put the phone, tablet and screens away so we can be with God and those we love.