Spiritual Disciplines: The Holy Habit of Transmission (@longingtobeholy)

Ok, so this is yet another habit that doesn’t crop up in many traditional lists of spiritual disciplines, but a bit of digging might find it there.  Perhaps in terms of listening, or guidance; in silence, or study.

My Dad has devoted his working life to radio (he recently retired, and last weekend he was one of those involved in installing the new sound system at church, so the passion continues…)  A radio doesn’t actually produce anything itself – it picks up a signal that’s being sent, and passes it on.  And that makes me think of Isaiah and his fellow prophets.  As you flip through the various radio stations available (which in the olden days involved a dial and some pretty amusing noises) you might find something that interests you, something that excites you, something that calms you, something that annoys you, and something you’d like to ignore.  And we tend to settle on the station that gives us what we want to hear.

But the prophets often brought an uncomfortable message – often the kind of message that people wanted to tune out.  A message that was unpopular and often ignored.  But when the prophets were ‘tuned in’ to God, they were transmitting His message, and the people should have recognised it and listened.  A failure to do so had consequences.

I wonder what message we’re tuned into and transmitting online.  Are we just giving people what they want to hear, or passing on the message that God wants us to transmit?  Of course, sometimes, that will be the same thing, but what about those times when it isn’t?  What about when God’s Words are uncomfortable?  Which way do we jump when our source and our audience disagree?

Any thoughts?

About Nick Parish

Nick is a stay at home Dad who’s slowly learning that this fact doesn’t need to be justified by adding things like, ‘I’m writing a book’, and ‘I’m a Special Constable with Derbyshire Police’ (though both these facts are true…) He is heavily outnumbered by girls during term time, living in a boarding school in the Midlands. He grew up (ish) in Pakistan, returning to England at the age of 14. Though he’s happy to think of both places at home, he keeps reminding himself that he’ll never really be home this side of eternity. He is married to Anna, who runs the boarding house in which they live, and they have two boys, Joshua and Luke. He blogs at longingtobeholy.wordpress.com and Tweets @longingtobeholy