By Lesli Nolen
Published August 2012
Google is one of my best friends. She is always there when I need her. Always seems to know what I’m looking for and always has an answer. Having an 11-year-old, I get asked a lot of questions, and when I don’t know the answer, I say, “Google it!”
But what does Google really tell me? Google tells me I have to choose an option below and see if that is the exact information I was looking for; if not I hit the back button and click on the next choice, and so forth. It’s easy, somewhat time effective and usually helps me find what I’m looking for. But lately, for some of the questions I’ve been asked my response has been, “Bible it!”
If you want to know something or have a question, open your Bible and Bible it. This book has all kinds of information in it. It will tell you what you need to do, how to do it and when to do it. It will tell you not to worry about what you will eat or what you will wear; He will provide your needs. The Bible will help you determine where to spend your money and how to spend your time. I think that just about sums up the detail of my everyday life. What I’m wearing to work, what I’m going to do, how much money I can spend and what’s for supper. Done!
Don’t get me wrong, I love Google. I still use her every day, but so many of the questions in today’s world can be answered if we used the Book that has all our answers that so many have depended on all their lives. God’s Word promises good, for those who believe.
I think we Christians used to be the majority, but I don’t believe that to be the case anymore. We get so down on our world and wonder what has happened. Well the world hasn’t done anything, we have. We have changed our world and shaped it into what we think would make it better for us— what makes things easier, what gives us more time to do what we want to do.
Yes, some advances have been beneficial like indoor plumbing, electricity, technology, medicine—all good improvements to our society—but others not so much. We must make sure our advances stay aligned with the Word of God. We have strived to make our world a better place, but are we really making it better? And, for whom?
I read an article the other day about things that are most harmful to our children today. First on the list were vaccines. According to some study, vaccines lower a child’s immune system leaving them more susceptible to asthma, ADHD, etc. Color and dyes in our food can cause behavioral problems in children. Preservatives are said to be harmful to the growth and development of children.
Yet, we are so busy with our lives; we complain about food and obesity but we continue to live off drive-thru restaurants who help feed our bad habits The more we think we need and the more we think we have to have, the more our children will suffer. And you wonder why the rate of obesity in our children is at an all time high.
Kids today are couch potatoes and just don’t know how to play. Ask an 11-year-old if she has ever made a mud pie. Ask him if he knows what kick the can is. Ask them what they do with their time and they will tell you—video games, texting, watching YouTube and surfing the ’Net. When I was growing up there were days I didn’t come in the house except to eat, shower and sleep. And guess what? I turned out okay! (Some may disagree!)
My husband and recently upgraded our cell phone to a new model. Did we know how to use it? Of course not, so who did we give it to? Our 11-year-old daughter. Within minutes she knew just about everything there was to know about operating the smart phone.
This got me thinking, and I came up with an exercise to do with my kids at our church’s youth meeting the other night. I set up three stations. At one of the stations I had a couple of smart cell phones. The kids had to figure out how to take a picture with one phone and send to the other, and vice versa. Another station consisted of a set of flat washers, lock washers, nuts and bolts; they had to assemble them. The third station was the Bible. I had three verses written down and they had to look the verses up and read them.
The kids were in pairs and each person had two minutes to do the task at hand and then switch. Each pair had a total of four minutes to assemble, four minutes to take pictures and send and four minutes to look up three verses. Guess which was the easiest for them. Yes, the phone, taking pictures and sending was the easiest task for them. Why? Because that’s what they do all day. They are experts in the field of phones. Not one pair of kids could look up all three Bible verses in four minutes. If they could have Google’d it, they might have had a chance!
Kids learn what we teach them. Our generation is consumed with technology and those things that make life easier. The reason the kids couldn’t find the verses in the allotted time was because
- Their parents probably couldn’t do it; what kids see they do
- They don’t consider the Bible a part of their every day life, and
- The world tells them they don’t need it. They think they have the world in the palm of their hands.
It’s frightening to see the troubles these children are facing today. And I’m afraid it’s only going to get worse. We as parents must intervene and show our children the life God intended us to live. If we don’t teach them the world will. So I ask you next time you don’t know the answer to a question, that can be found in the Bible, don’t Google it — Bible It!!