I've been having computer issues for the last couple of days. As I said in my last post, when I think of writing, I still think of pen and paper and hand across the page. It's taken me years to place my fingers in the correct position on a keyboard in order to make my brain work quickly. So when said keyboard refuses to cooperate and I have to try the same thing with an Ipad, something gets twisted up inside. I think I'm just too hard-wired the way I am.
But the world moves. It's a completely different place than when we were the age of our children.
Beve and I have been talking about this a lot recently. I'm not talking about computers and cells phones and all the ways these devices have connected us, I'm talking about what is considered acceptable for Christians. When Beve and I were in our mid-twenties, we were single Young Life leaders, working with kids. Living in two different cities on the west coast. We each had pretty large circles of friends and a large social life. Beve played a whole lot of basketball, too, of course. And we each went to church, Bible studies, worship services, etc. What we didn't do was drink. Ever. In those days, Christian young people just didn't drink. Young Life leaders had to sign forms saying they wouldn't drink. But I doubt we'd have needed that form. It never crossed our minds to touch alcohol when we were young.
Even now, both of us feel a slight hitch inside when we think of drinking. And I realize that it's something in us. The Bible obviously doesn't say it's wrong to drink alcohol. Jesus certainly didn't say, "This grape juice is my blood." He was pouring wine that night, make no mistake about that. But my youth rises up to clutch at my belief system when I think of even more than a single drink. And that's just silly. What is wrong is TOO much. TOO much alcohol, too much food, TOO much.
Over-consumption is the issue that is addressed in scripture. Over and over. And I forget this. I overlook it. I allow what I was taught, what I first believed to color what I know to be true. And that is just plain wrong. I can sit in front of my computer all day long, over-indulge in that and not think a thing about how I've gotten 'drunk' on such a practice. I've wasted my time when I might have spent just a little time then done something more valuable. There are many, many ways to 'get drunk,' I think. Or to over-consume.
What can I not live without? Who is my master? That's how Paul puts it.
The answer can be very telling. If it's a computer, I'm probably in as much trouble as if it's alcohol.
Or if it's a cell-phone.
We're talking about addiction.
"I have the right to do anything, you say--but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything--but I will not be mastered by anything." 1 Corinthians 6: 12