Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Scrambled Interference

Revelation 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

An ear to hear.  Awhile back, we mentioned an audio trick used in noisy environments that uses white noise to deaden the impact of the environmental noise, lessening the possibility of strain, errors and accidents caused by the noisy environment.  There’s a related principle in something called a signal to noise ratio.  I first learned about it in regard to radio signals.  But it also relates to audio, light, colors, optics and pretty much anything you can think of.  Including spirituality.

In radio, a transmitter sends out a radio signal.  But there’s already a lot of static and other signals in the atmosphere.  The strength of the signal determines if that signal will be received by a radio at any given location away from the transmitter.  If there’s too much static noise, the radio signal won’t go very far.  What we communicate can change the signal to noise ratio of how people are allowed to perceive God.

When I wrote my previous post, I was responding to a particular statement, not a person or a doctrinal stance.  Since then, I’ve done some research on Paul Washer.  And it seems that many of those who agree with him tend to call anyone who teaches differently than he does a false teacher.  And many who disagree with his teaching have called him a false prophet.  If that were limited to two small groups of people, I might be less concerned.  But it happens too frequently within various factions and denominations of the Body of Christ.

Most on both sides of the pro or con Paul Washer discussion clearly love God.  Loving God and communicating that love -- that’s signal.  The name calling and doctrinal arguments -- that’s static noise.  Think about the verse we started with.  Having an ear means that we’re capable of taking in and processing a spiritual auditory vibration.  But is the vibration a clear signal of who God is and how much He loves us?  Or is it static noise generated by our doctrinal opinions?  Computer folks talk about “garbage in, garbage out”.  If we take in noise, that’s what we’re going to give out.

Read Matthew 22:37-40.  It says, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”  Love God, love people, in that order, and everything else will work out.  So, if the preceding post, indeed any of my posts, contributed more to the noise than it did to strengthening the signal, I apologize.  Because, you see, my opinions really don’t mean very much.  But giving people an opportunity to see who God is, and His great love for us, is essential.

So, how are you turning up the signal output and drowning out the static?

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