As some have said the age old deceptive lie of “that will never happen here”, are now coming face to face with the reality that what “could never happen” is in fact, happening. Considering the tragic murders and persecution that is being carried out by the hands of ISIS Islamic Jihadists, the homework assignments in America that are reportedly being given to students are simply shocking. When a child is given lyrics of a fight song to recite, one would perceive it to be of a favorite school, or sports team. Not in this situation. As a mother, Nichole Negron was greatly concerned when her child brought home the lyrics of “Like a sandstorm in the desert, sending camels into motion, like how a single faith can make a heart open, they might only have one god, but they can make an explosion.” The lyrics were reportedly written by the teacher and then presented to the students. According to Anaheim’s CBSLA, the lyrics don’t stop there. The chorus reads, “And all those things they have to say, Islam…Allah’s on the way, they will preach them loud tonight? Can you hear their voice this time?” After personally addressing the local school board with her concerns, a statement of apology was given by the school board. Where is the outcry?
When one man had a burning desire to make cinematic productions, he began to see repeated doors open up, one after another, when he simply asked God for it to happen. From his own words, Brian Ivie, describes how an ad in the LA Times informed him of a South Korean pastor that was rescuing unwanted children. Ivie initially saw this as a gateway to a life of purpose when the opportunity to complete a documentary of the story presented itself.
There has never been a generation that has had so much technology at their fingertips than the generation of today. Amidst the continuous unfolding of new technology, the most recent development may grab your attention. Amazon’s Echo, a home robot, is not only technology that provides needed answers and knowledge when it’s asked, it also has a name: Alexa. When a writer, with The Guardian, got his hands on the recent technology, it was a few short moments later when the machine, who has a name and a voice, misunderstood what he said. His house then rang out with the audible words of, “That’s not very nice to say.” The ensuing emotions that this writer/consumer experienced began to be more concerning than the remarks from his most recent purchase. In his own words, “I asked the machine for forgiveness.”
There is so much technology in our culture that it is too easy, at any one given moment, to have technology at our fingertips in order to provide the necessary knowledge that we are seeking. This reality begs to question: have we allowed technology to take the place of seeking God for direction, for seeking God’s wisdom and not simply knowledge? We cannot allow technology to take the place of relationships with people. God sent the Holy Spirit to provide the needed wisdom and direction that each person needs in life. Life doesn’t happen without tough times and we need the direction from the Holy Spirit as to how to respond in these moments. Even in the age of continual technological advancements, be encouraged to strengthen your walk with Christ, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Amazon, Alexa, technology, Mount Everest, knowledge, abiding, relationship, and the Holy Spirit. John and Steve shared in this segment.
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