I have a confession to make-I got way behind on the Old Testament portion of my Bible reading plan last month. I crammed in 15 chapters of Leviticus yesterday to catch up! Today and tomorrow I plan to cram 8-10 chapters of Numbers each day to get back on track. Everything else I am on schedule with, but Levitcus was tough for me and I think I know why.
My generation is a generation of information. We have access to more information than any other previous generation and at lightning speeds too. I can learn just about anything I want/need to know in a matter of seconds on my computer and even if I am not at my computer, I can pull up what I am looking for on my phone. I think, however, that the type of information that my generation hungers for is not all that important. My generation hungers for the trivial, the insignificant, and the laughable tid-bits of life, pop culture, and media. If you don’t believe me, just spend 15 minutes on Facebook! If you didn’t know, Facebook is a social networking site, where people can interact and connect with “friends” online.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Facebook is the “newsfeed” section. In the newsfeed section, you are introduced to the latest updates to your various friend’s facebook pages. You find out which of your friends have added new photo albums, changed their profile picture, and which are attending various social events being advertised by other facebook users. You also become privy to how compatible your various friends are in their movie tastes and you learn that one of your friends changed his “relationship status” to “single” (seriously, I am not making this up!). Perhaps the most interesting development in the world of Facebook are “status updates.” In one’s “status update” section of your profile, you can let all your facebook “friends” know what you are doing, thinking, or feeling at any given moment. From reading my “friends” status updates I can learn that John Doe is “starving because he didn’t eat lunch or breakfast” and that Jane Doe “is feeling lousy” and that Bob Doe “is glad its almost Spring!”
The Facebook generation is no doubt, a generation of information seekers. However, I fear that the Facebook generation is seeking rather trivial information and I say that as one who uses Facebook and even updates my status fairly regularly. But its not just facebook users that hunger for trivial things–its all of us as we become glued to the TV when we hear the latest news about movie stars and their relationship woes!
So back to my being behind in my Bible Reading-here is the problem with me and what my generation values. We love the trivial, but don’t have time for the weighty things of life. As I was reading yesterday in the latter chapters of Leviticus, I was struck by how deep God’s hatred is for idolatry and blasphemy.
At one point, the LORD says, after promising blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience, “but if in spite of this you will not listen to me, but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary to you in fury, and I myself will discipline you sevenfold for your sins . . . And I will destroy your high places and cut down your incense altars and cast your dead bodies upon the dead bodies of your idols, and my soul will abhor you” (Leviticus 26:27-30).
What that says to me is that the heaviest thing in the world for me to understand is God as He is perfect, holy, and righteous and rebellion against Him results in severe consequences. And my point in talking so much about Facebook is to point out how much I love trivial things and how little time and attention I am willing to give to meditating on God’s holy character. We could spend all day entrenched in the trivialities of our Facebook newsfeeds and status updates and all the while, 15-20 minutes in God’s holy Word could bring us to our knees in repentance and worship!