Hi everyone. This is my first post as a Digidisciple here on Big Bible Project. I am thrilled and excited to be able to share with you all here in this community.
I must admit that of all the books of the Bible 1 and 2 Chronicles are possibly the most boring. If you’ve ever done one of those Bible-in-a-year plans if you managed to get past Leviticus then chances are you dropped off at Chronicles. All it is is a load of names and retelling of most of the stuff you’ve already read up to now. Poor old 1 and 2 Chronicles really have nothing going for them. I would have preferred to be entering into the Big Bible conversation with another book. But hey! It’s good to be challenged once in a while
A Chronicle is a written account of events. The books of Chronicles is called in the Hebrew “The Book of Days”. I wish it retained that title in English. It is a much more beautiful title don’t you think? Today we have more written accounts of events than ever in Social Media. Most of it quotidian, some of it powerful and sea-changing such as the power of social media as witness during the Arab Spring.
Love it or hate it Social Media are modern Chronicles retelling and recording our own histories on a daily basis. Social Media are the stuff of Days.
The book of 1 Chronicles places challenges us in our use of Social Media. Effectively how do we create a space for God? Just as David and Saul created a temple dedicated to the glory God, how do we create a space in our daily usage of Social Media for God?
Do we record mundane stuff like “My little snukums puppy wuppy is very tired”, “Am off to the shop now for some milk”, “poor darling Jonny is sick”.
Or do we “give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” (1Ch 16:8 ESV)
Do we trawl for bloggers and troll them senseless (as I often get), or do we say “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.” (1Ch 29:11 ESV)
Even in our online interactions with people we must remember that we are still dealing with people. We should never speak to someone online in a way that we would not do so if we were face to face with them.
“Words are the source of misunderstandings” so the Fox tells us in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s wonderful Little Prince. We must bear that in mind always when dealing with people online. Words that are detached from the voice and facial expressions can be easily misconstrued.
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! (1Ch 16:24 ESV). This is what is needed in our daily interactions on social media.