Even though I work in the technology field, I am still amazed at the rapid progress of technology. Think of all the new technology words, phrases or meanings you may have added to your vocabulary over the past few years:
apps, avatar, blog, blu-ray, click, cloud, dotcom, emoticon, Facebook, friend, hashtag, Google, HDTV, Hulu, lol, meme, Netflix, post, selfie, spam, stream, surf, tablet, text, thumb drive, troll, tweet, upload, viral, web, YouTube
Imagine talking to your friend at length about the problems with spam, only to realize 5 minutes into the conversation that you are talking about junk email while your friend is talking about a canned meat product.
Now, many of us (particularly when you get to my advanced age and beyond) want to claim we cannot learn new things, but our lives and particularly our use of technology betrays us. We can learn new terms and ideas when we want to. I will say that again – when we want to. Because there is no way we could claim that most of these are necessities of life.
Now, Christian, how many of the important words of the faith do you know and understand? For example,
atonement, grace, justification, propitiation, redemption, sacrament, sanctification, salvation, Trinity
Like the spam example above, when we Christians discuss matters of faith with our Roman Catholic, Mormon, or even liberal pseudo-Christian friends, knowing these terms can help avoid confusion. For example, it is of no use for Christians and Mormons to both say we agree that salvation is accomplished by Jesus when we disagree about the term “salvation.”
As disciples (students) of Christ we should always be learning. So, please spend some time learning what these important terms mean. You can do it! Even if it means you have to spend less time posting selfies to Instagram with your iPhone in hopes that they will go viral via Twitter. Imagine saying that sentence back in 2005!