Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Holey Tongue

Facebook alerted me to two critical things yesterday. But Facebook is not God, and sadly did not warn me of a third critical event of the day. Number one, the reason for my dog not eating and acting listless was I had inadvertently poisoned him with chicken jerky from China. On Facebook, I read about the dangerous dog treat sold all over the place, recognized that Lucky was exhibiting the symptoms they described in the article posted there, and then read the label on the product I had at home- Made in China, Wagon Train Chicken Jerky. I threw the jerky rolls out and Lucky recovered. He quickly bounced back to his old self, but many dogs have died from this! Thankyou Facebook!

Number two, Facebook told me it is snowing on the ski slopes. We are scheduled to ski Monday for the first outing of the season, but as of yet, the slopes are not open. This recent snow bodes well for our upcoming trip. The Facebook post even included a picture of the very slope we would be on, covered in snow! Thankyou Facebook!

However, Facebook didn't warn me that as I walked in the house and bent down to greet my exuberant little dog, she would jump up, slamming my chin closed, snapping my teeth onto my tongue and gouging a hole in the edge of my tongue. You cannot imagine how much that hurts. I do not suggest you even try to find out. It only bled a little. The tongue seems to have enormous recuperative powers. However, it hurts to talk, eat, drink, swallow, or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I can't believe some people pierce holes in their tongue on purpose given the degree of pain this inadvertent hole produced.

So Facebook can do many things, but is not clairvoyant. It cannot prophesy and it cannot heal. I think this is important to point out because I would be willing to bet 90% of the world reads Facebook four times more than they read their Bible. Facebook is easy, instant gratification, immediate circle of "friends", with no real responsibility, obligations, or sacrifice required. It is the fastfood social world for a growing number of people. I love Facebook...but I do think it has danger. The danger lies not so much in what it provides, but in what it lures us away from  Instead of face to face with people, we are in isolated bubbles settling for virtual interaction. And instead of in the Holy Book , the living word of God, we are in a Facebook, which has no power to save, forgive, renew, or protect. I think we are exchanging Truth for  a very pleasant Fake.

I wonder if we are exchanging a Holy tongue...for a tongue with holes.

Isaiah 5:
24 Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw
   and as dry grass sinks down in the flames,
so their roots will decay
   and their flowers blow away like dust;
for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty
   and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Romans 1: 25
25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 

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