The internet is such a great search tool. Many, including Christians, use it on a daily basis to be informed, inspired, and intrigued. Yet, it seems to me in the years I have been blogging, and especially in the last year or two, that so many are most interested in provocative and salacious ideas. Perhaps it is the same morbid curiosity that makes us rubberneck when driving past a wreck on the highway. Yet, the metrics that indicates searches on my blog show a much greater interest in the political and social latest trends and topics than articles that are more straightforwardly biblical or doctrinal (i.e., grace, the judgment, worship, etc.).
Why are we so intrigued with marathon bombings, LGBT, missing airplanes, national tragedies, outrageous and outlandish behavior from athletes and celebrities, second amendment and other political and governmental topics, hot-button-issues in our brotherhood, or controversial topics? Certainly, as we live in this world and particularly western culture, these are daily topics of conversation. As we immerse ourselves in our technological tools (phones, tablets, computers), these are often the “trending topics.”
In our haste and zeal to slake our thirst for these things, let us be sure to also feed our souls on what will strengthen us and prepare us for the bigger fish we have to fry. The blessed, righteous man is described as one “whose is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Ps. 1:2). That in no way means the righteous person is aloof and uninterested in his or her world, current events, and even popular icons of the age. The key difference is on what he or she meditates upon and delights in. What thrills and appeals to us more? What do we more actively pursue?
The answers to those questions are dependent upon the individual. One can be both informed about the world and more interested in the Word. However, may we each be cautioned about what proper balance is as well as where our greater interest lay. What draws our attention and attracts us? Let us be sure it is hunger and thirst for righteousness (Mat. 5:6) more than anything under the sun!