September 5, 2017
Yesterday I wrote a peculiar blog post about the nature of the spider. Today I want to follow that up with my observations of its web. I want to paint with a wider brush and discuss the word, “Web,” as it applies or pertains to technology and other things as defined in Webster’s Dictionary.
In yesterday’s blog, I spoke of my attempts to get rid of a spider and its web which was spun on the outside screen of my kitchen window. I mentioned how resilient and strong that web was and how it resisted the onslaught and pressure of hot water that was unleased upon it. The spider escaped choosing to seek higher ground out of the way of my faucet hose.
Today I want to focus a bit on the spider web. Let’s first start out by seeing what the definition of a web is.
The definition for “web” is as follows: a piece of cloth in the process of being woven; the fine network of threads spun by a spider; something intended to create mystery, entangle, a membrane uniting the digits of certain aquatic birds, frogs etc; webbed: to cover or join with a web, to snare with a web. I also want to include as a part of this discussion, the definition for: “The World Wide Web.” Here is its meaning: an information system on the Internet that allows documents to be connected to other documents by hypertext links, enabling the user to search for information by moving from one document to another.
During the past few weeks there has been a lot of rhetoric, accusations, innuendo, hurtful speech, defaming of individual’s character based upon the circumstances surrounding Hurricane Harvey as well as the overly politicizing and degrading and of the 45 president of the United States, Donald Trump. My aim here is not to defend the actions of the President, Joel Osteen, Paula White and any other noted celebrity that has been talked about on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media outlets. Many people have publically vocalized both positive and negative handling of the terrible plight the citizens of Houston and the surrounding areas found themselves in as a result of this horrific massive storm. Many thought Pastor Joel should have opened his doors sooner to allow the displaced people of Houston a place to stay. Others in news outlets reported that the President did not show enough empathy towards the people. Whatever side you find yourself on, let me help you and me gain a greater perspective on this situation of judging circumstances and situations of which we only have half-truths or no truth concerning what was happening on the ground.
When I was teaching, I use to play this game with my third graders. It was a listening game. I would ask them to get in a circle. Then I would explain the rules of the game. It went like this: I would whisper something in the child’s ear to my right. That person had to remember what I said and turn to the person to the right and repeat exactly what I told them. The next person would follow suit, with hopes that the class could retain the message until it got back to me, intact. However, I was amazed and humored by the fact that, by the time it reached the third or fourth person, the original statement had been forgotten, altered, added to or words omitted.
A lot of times we humans behave like the spider. We hear something, but we are not fully engaged in what was said. Actually, we were not listening at all. We are more or less, intent on waiting for an opportunity to respond, answer back rather than gain insight, wisdom and knowledge about what was just told to us. Then what we do is drop the ball. We add to the message or we delete important facts from it. By the time June bug gets hears the statement, it is all jacked up. There is no validity, not an ounce of truth left in the original statement. And this is what we wing up with: the fine network of threads/words/ spun by a spider/person; whose desires to present gossip, intrigue, something intended to create mystery. Does that ring a bell? It is part of the definition of “web.
And so now we are off to the races. We don’t rely on getting on the telephone to spread rumors or gossip anymore. We have more sophisticated way, a much faster way to communicate. It is called the “World Wide Web.” It is called “Social Media.” Look once more at its definition: an information system on the Internet that allows documents to be connected to other documents by hypertext links, enabling the user to search for information by moving from one document to another.
We have to be so careful these days because of the spread of Fake News. I have been convicted about my own use of social media and guilty of hitting that comment button, like button and making unauthorized assumptions about this thing or that, this person or that one. I am beginning to keep scrolling when I see negative things written about celebrities, preachers, politicians etc. Now don’t get me wrong. It is alright to have an opinion. We should be aware of who the people are that we have voted in to represent us. However, Christians are being held to a higher standard by the Lord. We are still admonished to respect all those who have ruler ship over us. I am just cautioning you and me to pause and think about what we say and do on social media. I stand accused, I am guilty. And truthfully, I do believe that some of the things Trump does, is deplorable. There were also things, important things to me as a Christian that I disagreed with President Obama on. But, we should not be holding court on Facebook.
The Bible says there is nothing new under the sun. King David had to learn the lesson of spinning a dangerous web of lies and deceit. When he took Uriah’s wife and committed adultery with her, she became pregnant. David set about conjuring up a way to get Uriah to sleep with his wife, so that he would think he was the father. Well, it didn’t work. He tried getting him drunk, so he would go home and sleep with his wife, it didn’t work. Then he had an order drawn up to send him out into battle so that he would be placed on the front line in battle. He was killed in action. David thought he had escaped. He soon thereafter married Bathsheba. But his web of lies caught up with him. The Prophet Nathan confronted him about the incident and caught David in his deception. David repented, but God still held him accountable for his sin and he was judged. The consequence for his sin was that the son he had with Bathsheba, died only a few hours after its birth.
And here is the Big Problem: People are hooked on Reality T.V. and Drama! People are lying so much today there is very little integrity left in society. And it is becoming more and more problematic in among people who profess to be Christians as well. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the saved folk from the unsaved folk when you listen to their conversation! Let me say it this way: A liar cannot be trusted. If they told one lie, they will tell another one and another one. It will become a web of lies after a while, as that person tries to weave and dodge and change his or her story repeatedly to save face.
But oh, what a tangle web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. I heard somebody say this the other day: We need to take six months to mind our own business, and the other six months to leave other folks business alone.
This message may offend some, but it is helping me as I am writing it. God Bless You and: “Don’t forget to say your prayers.”