I know I’ve been missing in action. It’s been a bit intentional. I have needed some time to think, to reflect and to look at the world around me. There is so much going on, so many voices screaming in our ears that the noise is overwhelming.
For my part in this great noise, I want to find a place of silence to really hear God and know His voice, see His face, sense His heart….so I’ve taken some time to get away.
But today, I’ve found myself reading comments on Facebook. I know… huge mistake right?
It’s quite amusing really.
Now before I go on too much further, I need to clarify something. I am NOT an expert at anything. That is no surprise to those who know me. I do have an opinion but in no way do I try to pass myself off as an expert on any subject.
Reading comments from people who I know barely graduated high school is just amazing to me. They honestly think they are so smart and have all the answers.
With the Internet and the ability to be shielded by a keyboard and screen, everyone seems to be an expert on everything. It is hard for me to really take someone’s opinion on a subject if they cannot spell or talk like they grew up in the “hood”.
People… just don’t.
I have read more than my share of people using the word “no” for “know” as in, “Dos anyone no whut time the game starts?” or the often abused use of the variations of there, their and they’re as in, “There dog is running lose down the street.” These caught my attention as well, “I could not here cause the musac was to lawd.” and “I would like to take the time to address some roomers about me.”
For the record, most of the posts I read were not like the examples I am referring to. However, there were far more than I cared to read.
Before you think I am only reading posts from people I do not know… I’m not.
I know a few of them. I know where they come from and in most cases I know what level of education they have. Most of them have never traveled farther than 100 miles from their hometown except maybe for a trip or two to Disneyland. However they present themselves as experts on world diplomacy and the problems of this world.
We are a nation of experts without truth. It’s quite funny to read the bluster of words from someone trying to convince me they are right.
Truth is that the education level of today’s “millennials” is less than their parents. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities report on education shows that the U.S. ranks second among all nations in the proportion of the population aged 35-64 with a college degree, but 19th in the percentage of those aged 25-34 with an associate or high school diploma, which means that for the first time, the educational attainment of young people is lower than their parents.
So here we are. A culture of experts about nothing. They comment on things that they have no experience in nor do they have the education or training to be the experts they try and pass themselves off on being.
Everyone is suddenly an expert and, since we no longer believe in truth in our culture, the one who can bluster the most, act angry enough or overwhelm the discussion with confusion usually wins.
Or do they?
It seems we waste a lot of time with opinions, words, rhetoric and anger that does nothing at all.
And in the end… after all is said… nothing changes.
How about we start with truth, a foundation of some kind, and discuss issues from there? Oh, wait, we can’t….no one believes in absolute truth anymore.
One area that really gets to me is when I read what people write and comment about when it comes to things of the Bible. In most examples, it is discussions about things that have nothing to do with Jesus Christ and the salvation that He provided on the cross. People get so caught up in discussions that have no impact on where they or others will spend eternity.
I wonder what God really thinks about these “discussions”? How silly this must sound to Him as people die without Christ. How many wasted hours discussing nothing of eternal significance? .
Yes… our culture is filled with people who believe they have all the answers.
I wonder what kind of expert commentary and answers people will give when they stand before God and have to give an account for their life?
My prayer is that I never fall into the trap of thinking that I am so wise that God thinks of me as a fool.
How about you?