Tweeting, facebooking, updating, texting, messaging - it seems folks are just constantly "plugged in" anymore. Radio, tv, internet - it's a constant bombardment of information, much of it of questionable worth. I'll admit to a little more internet time than may be healthy, but I'm reading up on recipes, checking prices on the Kitchen Aid stand mixer I'd like to have, and reading homesteading forums. I rarely watch the news, turn the radio on, or check anyone's status, so I guess I'd be labeled "unplugged". Even my Dad, who is certainly not of the tech generation, is way ahead of me when it comes to the news.
So I was quite dismayed when I ran across a forum post where the writer cited an article detailing what happened last week, listing assault, shooting, trampling, and rioting. Did this happen at an emotionally charged political rally, over high-priority issues? No, most of it happened at WalMart, over video games.
Video games!!! Talk about unplugged! Are we disconnected from wisdom, discernment, and self-control? Divorced from reason? How did owning a game become more important than caring about the person standing next to you? I think it's time for a priority check, to assess what's really important. What is this season about, anyways?
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, a season of joy, hope, and thanksgiving, celebrating the birth of our Savior two thousand years ago, and anticipating His glorious return. Traditionally it's also a time to connect and share with family and friends. Think about it. Maybe it's time to plug in to what's important.