Some further discussion and I am questioning everything. This is good.
Last night I had a dream that I was vying for a political job and I was sitting around a table with some very important people, none of which I recognized. I was wearing a bracelet with a cross on it, an old one that I have since lost or maybe even was broken. A man, unknown to me in the dream or in waking life, turns to me in his fancy tuxedo with a champagne glass in his hand, and tells me in front of everyone, “You will never go anywhere. Not because you aren’t talented, but because all you talk about is Christ. It’s all over your social media accounts and writings.” Then silence from the table.
In the dream, I smile. I feel I have made it. What I have been striving for, I have achieved- to be identified with Christ in all things and to lose everything for it. Surely this loss is gain. But there is also a palpable sadness, knowing I will never achieve my goals in this world. I realize in that moment that my life is not my own, and that I have to stop striving for worldly goals. This is true of us as well. Where are we going? Who is the whole world?
As so it is with my writing. As I read the comments and the gospel this morning, I questioned Jesus’ words, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” Where is the whole world? Well right now, the whole world is on the internet. And I wondered to myself, where are they on the internet? What are they reading? What is popular? People right now want funny clips of dogs doing silly things and bunnies and kids dancing on tik-tok. People do not want theology or to know what I think about a bible verse.
This is not to say that people don’t want God. They just want God in a way that they can understand. Why is there so much suffering in the world right now? Why are people dying? What is God doing? People have real questions and are drowning themselves trying to find answers. But if WordPress is truly a dead platform, where are they going?
I also find that long written pieces cannot keep people’s attention. They want short, quick bites of information. They want fast. This is a result of our insta-culture. But if we do not evolve with the culture, we are dead in the water. We cannot hold on to our own ways of doing things. So where do we go from here?
People like watching others interact. Differing perspectives and opinions. Why not create a show as @servusfidelis suggested via Zoom or another platform where we can all record and be heard? It’s stressful maybe for people to read right now.
Let’s mediate on Jesus’s words today in the question I posed to Him, “Where is the whole world Lord?
Some food for thought-