We had a sensor activated porch light at home which never worked properly. The automatic function worked, but the light wouldn’t stay on. We checked the instructions, tried different switching sequences, even combinations that weren’t in the manual. Finally, in frustration, we had the light replaced.
The new light doesn’t work either – same problem. It turns out the trouble is with the electrical wiring at our porch. It simply isn’t connecting as it should.
The expression “They had their wires crossed” probably comes from an old telephone switchboard analogy where operators had to manually connect two parties with wires. If they put the plugs into the wrong outlets, people would think they were talking to one person but actually be talking to another. This could be awkward!
Yet for all our new technology, communicating has never been more complex or challenging than in this era of social media, flood messaging and ‘fake’ news. We’re bombarded with information, even though statistics show that the more our Inboxes are flooded, the less likely we are to respond.
What can we learn from God about communication? God’s ‘Facebook’ might have been the legends, stories and testimonies people verbally told back in Old Testament times. God’s ‘emails’ might be seen as those letters sent to early churches to share the gospel. But God’s ultimate solution to the communication problem was to package the whole message into one human being – Jesus Christ, the Word in a human body.
As we replace personal contact with floods of information, God has done the opposite. Rather than broadcasting to the masses via invisible radio waves, electronic signals and ‘the Cloud’, Jesus simply connected personally with people in a tactile way. The Word in action calls, He walks alongside, He teaches, He feeds, He touches, He heals, He shows.
From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us. 1 John 1: 1-3 (The Message)
In 2019 and beyond, the methods we use to communicate will need constant adaption. But let’s never underestimate that ultimate connection of human touch and living out God’s message through relationships.