August 17, 2015

I’m concerned that many people are living a virtual life. They go to the gym to work out on a treadmill where they run their butts off and go nowhere. The treadmill has a screen where they watch themselves run on a virtual trail.

Then they go home and watch virtual Bethel TV and think they’ve gone to church, although they’ve had fellowship with no one. Furthermore, nobody has spoken into their lives because they have virtual leaders.

Later, they go to the movies and have a virtual adventure while they watch actors live the life they wish they had the courage to live.

When they get home, they get on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to “connect” with their 200 virtual friends, who know them by their virtual profile and their photo-shopped pictures.

Then they post terrible comments to “friends” they virtually never had, about things they watched virtually on YouTube. They assassinate the character of people they virtually never knew, with courage that virtually never existed.

VIRTUAL PARENTHOOD

Yet the most destructive ramifications of this virtual generation are kids who are raised by virtual parents. I was a part of the turnkey kid generation – children raised by babysitters instead of a mom and dad.

But now the machines are nurturing our children – that’s right, video games have taken the place of real people! And do you know who wrote the software that is keeping your children company? You guessed it, the people who were raised by babysitters! Ironic isn’t it?

We used to watch sci-fi movies about machines taking over the world. Of course we all thought it was entertainment at the time, but little did we know that the machines would someday be left alone to train our children. Now, most kids know their machines better than they know their folks!

Not only that, they spend so much time learning virtual video skills that many of them don’t know how to do real life with human beings. They can kill the mutants and rescue the castle, but when it comes time to solve a real conflicts with their peers they are clueless, and I mean, CLUELESS!

MENTORED BY A MUTANT

Why do you think these kids are killing their classmates and assassinating their teachers? It’s because they have exchanged video skills for life skills. These kids are ignorant of the things we used to learn in kindergarten. Things like how to share with others, say you’re sorry, take turns on the swings, don’t hit people, don’t make fun of others, have a quiet time, etc.

Machines might be able to teach our kids math and science, but they can’t explain to them how to love their neighbors!

RETURN TO REAL LIFE

Now let me be clear, I have no problem with video games and social networking as long as they don’t take the place of real life, real relationships, and real love.

It’s time to rage against the machines! We can beat them – we really can, because love is incalculable, unpredictable, and irresistible. Love never fails, but the machines shall become darker in their understanding, and their processors shall pale in pity as powerful humans are enlightened with passion and ignited with purpose!

Are there areas in your life where you are living a virtual life instead of a real life? What is God speaking to you about that? Tell me in the comments below.

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