I believe that a couple of days ago, I mentioned the blog of anewcreation33 on being a scrooge and finding it liberating. In a sense along that same line, Jamal Jivanjee today has written something along the same line, except more oriented toward scripture and history, as opposed to reacting to western culture. Both have valid, albeit different, points to make about this time of year and the believer’s reaction towards living through it.
I have been doing some consideration of the idea of the meaning of words. A couple of weeks ago in church, our discussion of the scripture was on James 1, where in the KJV, the phrase “superfluity of naughtiness” (verse 21), which by this time in our culture guts the sentence of what James was attempting to communicate, which might be put today as “major evildoing.” I have become more and more aware of, in spite of the freedom of speech we have in the U.S., how difficult it is to communicate with others in part because we are overloaded with communication that is backed by money, whether advertisements, the words of major politicians, or just whomever the media feels is important, which, in many cases, can be translated as entertaining, even if what is said is devoid of any solid thinking.
To that effect, I have been learning the meaning of the word “friend”, as defined by Facebook. Such a person may not actually be your friend, but someone that you might guess might be your friend in that they are a Facebook “friend” to someone you know. So, I began sending out friend requests to people who were popping up on the right side of the screen by whatever computer program sees who is one connection from someone else. Many so far are persons who I do have things in common with, and probably would be friends by the former definition of the term if I lived geographically close. Then, on the other hand, I got this bar 800 miles away sending me notices of their regular events. Oh, well…
Question for consideration: Have you ever spontanteously used the phrase "superfluity of naughtiness" in your life?