Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it”.
Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
In 1986, Neil Postman published an influential cultural essay titled “Amusing Ourselves to Death.” He argued that personal freedoms would disappear not when a totalitarian government imposed oppression from the outside (like George Orwell pictured in his book 1984), but rather when people came “to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think”. We shouldn't assume that these distractions have no effect on our perceptions of God. Priorities are not as simple as “God first, family second and church third.” What does that expression mean anyway? Priorities aren't based upon a simple hierarchy; they require the proper balance of activities in relationship to one another. “Meditating day and night” on God’s Word is something that everyone must do. It is basic to the Christian life. It seems to me, then, that in any weighting of priorities the following scenarios are out of bounds: More time watching television, social networking, or playing games than reading / studying / memorizing God’s Word. On this one point we really shouldn't budge:
That raises a third issue and a challenge, which relates to the job that Christian churches, Christian schools and associated ministries are doing in Christian education. This is why our church is tackling Bible Illiteracy with this “All Church Study”. Our aim is not Bible Mastery, but neither is it Bible Basics. Our goal for each participant is to reach Bible Fluency – a comfortable knowledge of what the Bible is about, where it is headed, how to find what’s in the Bible for knowing God and making Him known.
In Christ, Brian