In the world but not of it

July 29, 2010

Disconnect Anxiety

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely. Psalms 63:8

In a recent news story related to the tough economic times before us, studies have shown that people will allow foreclosure on their home, repossession of the car but they will not part with their technology, specifically their mobile phone.

A financial planner from New Jersey was quoted as saying “I’m in no position to do it right now but I had to get another one”…referring to his iPod that had frozen. Another person was quoted as referring to Internet and wireless as being necessities in life much like water and electricity…

Before we pass judgment on this seemingly ridiculous behavior we need to ask ourselves “what is it that we cling to with the same level of urgency”…

The word cling means to hold onto something with a tight grip, to be glued and to have a strong dependence on something (or someone). Disconnect anxiety is the term that the world has given to describe those that can’t part with their gadgets.

We all have people and possessions in our lives that we need and would not want to be without but only One should ever qualify as the one we cling to. Only Christ should be the one we are completely glued to and dependant on.

Unlike this man’s iPod, Christ will never freeze up, hang, reboot or crash. He is stable and as the scripture says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace”. Hebrews 13:8-9

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