ENTRY: Christian Writing in a Digital Age

Entered by Christine Buxton.

“Write”[1]. From Moses to John of Patmos, individuals who face or have come through severe challenges, individuals who are searching for meaning, purpose, direction, individuals who are in moments of deep questioning, have heard and responded to the command. The results of their obedience form the Bible as we know it today. Their scripts vary widely – from basic instructions for survival in a desert to the great vision of “a new heaven and a new earth.”[2]  Their writings illustrate and reflect many states and stages of human thought and development, and are as relevant in what is now known as the “Digital Age” as they were in their original day.

Interestingly, the only record of Jesus writing is when he faces a hostile crowd and an adulterous woman.[3] He “wrote” on the ground. We do not know what he wrote, and indeed, whatever it was would have been kicked away by whoever next walked over it. Yet his philosophy and practice has survived 2000 years. He preached to thousands at a time, and he spoke specifically, one to one. Would he have tweeted today? Or become a TV evangelist? We can speculate, but we should learn.

A great temptation in the Digital Age is to believe, in essence, either that more sophisticated phones or technology and social media will reach individuals and attract them to our churches, or they will prompt people to sit at home watching a church service online, and therefore contribute to a loss of community and congregation. Isn’t this is the idolatry of the Digital Age, attributing power to the media?

Jesus’ instruction is clear: “…seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”[4]  Wasn’t it Jesus’ long hours in prayer and solitude, his humility, his listening, which prompted him to be where he needed to be and when, in order to meet the need of the moment? His preaching and parables coincided with the understanding of his community and it was the substance of his teaching which survived, regardless of the means of communication.

And so it is today. Paul writes of “diversities of gifts”[5] and as individuals, we embrace digital media in varying degrees. But the important thing is that our activity is rooted in prayer, regardless of whether we use a quill pen and parchment, a printing press, or digital media. Then we are ready to listen for the word of God and work in the way He directs.  And sometimes, in that quiet, holy moment, we hear the word: “Write.”

 


[1] Ex 17:14, Rev 1:11 etc

[2] Rev 21:1

[3] John 8:6-8

[4] Matt 6:33

[5] 1 Cor 12

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Lucy is a writer and editor based in the UK. She is author of Forgetful Heart: Remembering God in a Distracted World (2014) and Undivided Heart: Finding Meaning and Motivation in Christ (coming 2017) - both published by DLT books.

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