I’ve always found 1 Chronicles, and it’s companion book, very intriguing. They don’t seem to get the kudos of some of the ‘glamourous’ books of the Bible – despite 1 Chronicles containing some great stories of David and Solomon.
When researching this piece I tried to find some information on the history of the book and it’s title. What I found was fascinating.
According to Biblica.com the Hebrew title ‘dibre hayyamim’ can be translate ‘the events (or annals) of days’. Jerome, a fifth century translator of the Latin Vulate, said an appropriate title for the book would be ‘chronicle of the whole sacred history’.
It got me thinking. In a few thousand years time – or even just a hundred – what are they going to use as a ‘chronicle of sacred history’? Where will the stories of the Christians of this day be written? Where will the stories of our time be recorded?
Well, there’s a big chance it they will be found online. On blogs, websites, and also of course, social media.
It may be social media doesn’t go on forever – maybe it will, or it will evolve into something different and more sophisticated as technology improves. But surely in years to come people may look at what will to the seem archaic methods of communicating, and be fascinated by them.
They may look at trends to find out more about the major stories of our time and how they were discussed and news was spread. They may look at the discussions which go on about different topics on twitter, and get a glimpse of what people were saying and thinking.
And maybe our own families will look back at our own social media interactions to get a glimpse into our own stories. This may well happen within this century, because many who use social media extensively now will pass on, and their children may keep their profiles up in memory of their parents. And with technology now available to scan grave stones for web pages in memoriam of people, who knows what will become possible even within the next 10 or 20 years.
It’s a fascinating thought. And it should give us pause.
Because if our social media interactions and words will be read by those to come, we should want them to mean something. We should reflect more on how we use the platform we have. The words we use.
Don’t we want our words to be ones which build up? Which encourage? Which speak truth and love? We need to bear in mind more what we speak of and share on social media, because it could be used as a record of who we were, how we lived, what we said. Of course, we will still have video, photos, stories – without doubt. But our social media profiles contain a lot of these already.
We should mind what words we use on social media. And not just because we want to be a good witness now (which is important in itself).
But because when the chronicle of this time is written, we want the words we leave behind to be ones of love, wisdom and truth. Not bitterness, resentment, and godlessness.
(Picture source: Athgo.org)