Thursday, March 24th, 2011
He sent letters to all the Jews, to the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, namely, words of peace and truth...
Esther 9:30 (NAS)
God says, 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue' (Proverbs 18:21). Next to the tongue is a hand with a pen. In the Book of Esther, we find a public relations campaign. Esther and Mordecai, her uncle, sent a Biblical broadcast to thousands of people.
Today we have 'upgraded' to keystrokes and clicks, and our words reach millions of people. Communication has never been easier, and its impact has never been harder. Truth is lost in twitters and tweets.
Sights, sounds, and conflicting opinions flood our screens. Messages pop up like garbage on a highway. Our delete buttons, junk folders, and various 'safety' barricades don't offer adequate protection. It's cyber war.
Since 'God is not the author of confusion' (1 Corinthians 14:33), we must assume chaos on the worldwide web came from the enemy side.
Even the name, 'worldwide web,' is an ironic warning. We get stuck in it all-too-easily, just like the famous poem 'The Spider And The Fly' (Mary Howitt). Should we fly away to safety? One day soon.
But in the 'mean time' on this earth, we must guard our minds and fingers. We must neither become a spider spinning schemes, gossip, and slander on the web--nor must we become the unfortunate fly who gets trapped.
We aren't flies. We are eagles.
In today's scripture, Esther and Mordecai wrote 'words of peace and truth.' We are wise to follow their example. God watches every click.