Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Computers. What a unique idea. Supposedly they are meant to help make our lives easier. Often times, the opposite may actually be true. Seems like we have found a way to use them to muck up our lives in ways that we would not have thought possible before.
Pardon the snark. Even though I am a ham radio operator, and I do use a computer and social media, I am something of a luddite. I use technology, but I don’t have a lot of trust in it.
Oddly, in the early days of computers, there was a popular term for when you gave the computer a bad input and it gave you a bad output. That term was called “GIGO”. It meant, quite simply, “Garbage In, Garbage Out”. The term has fallen rather into disuse, but the concept is still quite valid.
Yes, I know some who would quote to me from Matthew 15:11, where it reads “it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Ironic. It is true that what we eat does not defile us. As it says in Matthew 15:17 “Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?”.
Indeed, what comes out of our mouths is what defiles out. Garbage Out. However, that garbage does have an origin. At one point or another we have either seen or heard people say or do certain things. Once or twice, we might not even think upon it. However, see something often enough, we tend to commit it to memory, sometimes without intention. If it is not something useful or edifying, well, Garbage In.
Before anyone gets the wrong idea and wants to burn me at that stake (dry wood is requested if you do), I am not opposed to science or learning. Nor am I directly opposed to music, though I certainly believe that our society could benefit with the loss of much of that which passes for contemporary Christian.
What I am opposed to is the incessant violence for the sake of violence (as a veteran, I understand that violence has its place, but it should not be glamorized). I am opposed to philosophical musing posing as scientific fact, when science neither supports, nor can confirm that it is fact. I am opposed to the denial of scripture, especially within the church, and the increasing reliance upon the whims of fallible men who only leave people feeling disillusioned when they are proven false.
One fact I rest upon is the resurrection of Christ Jesus. Over two thousand years have passed, and this one fact remains forever indisputable. Indeed, if it could be proven false, it would have been proven false when the first murmurings of his resurrection began. The priests knew where the grave was, they sealed it. The guards knew where the grave was, they were the ones standing watch. To say that ten fishermen, and a tax collector, armed with only one sword, could defeat a squad of the best armed, and best trained, men in Rome, that would almost be a far greater miracle.
Christ Jesus died upon the cross for our sins. He rose from the grave. This is truth. It can be denied, but it can never be disproved.
There is much garbage in our world today. It can be difficult to discern at times. However, when we focus upon the cross of Christ, whom we celebrate the birth of this Advent season, we are better able to do so. When we allow strife and envy into our lives, we only have strife and envy in our lives, and it is all we bring to the lives of others.
Garbage In. Garbage Out. It is an old computer concept. However, it is a far older human concept. What comes out of hearts does defile us. Perhaps it is time to repent, and clean out the garbage. Perhaps it is time to stop the source of the garbage. Perhaps.