In the Beginning was the … Emoticon?
Am I saying that it's wrong for Christians to use emoticons? Of course not. They're fun, and sometimes that sort of effective, easy communication is necessary. However, Christians must take all their actions captive, thinking critically about how they engage cultural patterns. Amid a flurry of constant, quick contact, we must move from simply communicating to conversing. We must see in every word a tiny theophany—God among us—and in every phrase sustenance, manna for our life together.
Let's elevate our conversations beyond emoticons, beyond iPhones, and social media. Let's share deep, fresh, meaningful words together—on Sundays, around our tables, over coffee or wine. Let's name things like Adam did, weave words like Isaiah, echo what John the Baptist bellowed in the wilderness, and tell parables like Jesus. Let's resume the prophetic work given to God's people by learning to love and care for words.
Andie Roeder Moody serves as an editorial and marketing coordinator at Christianity Today. She and her husband live in Chicago and worship in the Anglican tradition. Andie plays with words at Wayfarings and tweets silly things as @andiemoody.
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