Thursday, January 15, 2009

Exponential Change, Eternal Constant

The following video highlights the nature of the world we live in, where at times, the only constant seems to be change. More than ever followers of Jesus need to be like the "sons of Issachar, who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do" (1 Chronicles 12:32). We must neither bury our heads in the sand and pretend that the world is not the way it really is nor allow the reality of a rapidly changing world to deceive us into thinking that God Himself has changed.

Remember these words, then watch the video.
  • "For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed." (Malachi 3:6)
  • "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
  • "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever." (Isaiah 40:8)

Fascinating, isn't it? "But the word of the Lord remains forever. And this word is the good news that was preached to you" (1 Peter 1:25 ).

HT: Ashley Clayton


Thy Peace said...

In the fields of science and engineering, if one is grounded in principles or the underlying foundations of science and logic, then change is easily managed.

I believe this is true in other fields too. Lot of the change we see appears to be cosmetic, but the underlying constructs change very, very, very slowly.

J.D. Rector said...

I was already "feeling" old from my 4yo great-nephew looking at my 54yo bald head at Christmas and saying, "... Uncle JD you sure are old."
Then you had to lay this "tid-bit" of info on some of us technically challenged "old people". I do not like change. Nonetheless, change is here to stay and the evangelical church needs to face the facts... those tid-bits of info in the video.

I am most grateful for the unchanging gospel of Jesus Christ! We need God's marvelous grace and wisdom to know how to communicate and reach this global generation with that unchanging gospel.

I am not endowed with great wisdom on how we take this unchanging gospel and the unchanging Word of God and present it to this generation. I do think we tend to make it so "applicable" at times within the evagelical church that it becomes anemic.

Any wisdom from you will be greatly appreciated.

from an "old brother"...

David McCrory said...

In answer to the question posed at the end of the video, "What does it all mean", I think we can say that at least in part people are unindated with information, most of it inconsequential, and it has had some very detrimental effects. For instance, we live in a "sound bite" world. We want instant knowledge, instant information/gratification. I fear this has caused people to stop thinking through matters adequately - we don't allow things time to soak in. We aren't rationally and cognatively discerning the knowledge and information presented to us.

In short, we're losing our ability to use our brains to think. We are losing the patience of mind to take the time to develop our thoughts into arguments and logically flowing ideas. Unfortunately I believe the consequence of this can be seen in many churches today where people cannot sit for more than twenty minutes at a time listening to a sermon. We have to be spoonfeed. And as long as this is the case we won't develop to maturity, we'll continue to remain babes in Christ.

DoGLover said...

It's ironic that the world can produce so much information and still find no meaning. Paul's description of those who'd be "always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth" (2 Tim 2:1-7) certainly fits our generation.

All the more reason to "preach the word" (4:2).

By grace,

jigawatt said...

The video had some neat facts, but I question some of its information.

What exactly is the computational capabilitiy of the human brain? I've always heard (and I've hung around those who study such matters) that you can't really compare the way computers process information with the way our brains do. Maybe these guys have found a good way to compare the two. If so, I'd like to hear about it.

And I wonder if they bought the rights to "Right Here Right Now", especially after their "694,000 songs were downloaded illegally" fact.