In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).
My 18-year old will watch any video or GIF I send him, but anything longer than a few sentences he refuses to read. Even in his high school literature and writing classes, reading has been replaced with watching videos.
Can you see the implications of this? Ravi Zacharis did when he said, “In the beginning was the Word, not the video.”
There’s been a dramatic shift thanks in large part to social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat: the written word is becoming obsolete. Gone is researched data, reasoned argument, and logical conclusion; replaced by catchy images lasting milli-moments, creating emotioned response and experience, but conjuring no thought nor conveying truth. Pictures get “likes” but text is ignored.
The impact of the words, In the beginning was the Word, cannot be expressed with a catchy video clip.
Some argue that video didn’t exist in Jesus’ day. If it had …. We forget that they did have drawings, mosaics, paintings, and statues, yet God still chose to call Himself the Logos, the Word.
Video and picture have a place revealing information, but truth is different. Truth must be pondered, questioned, and internalized. The image of a rose may display beauty, but scant truth.
The living Truth in the Person of Jesus is revealed in the written Truth of God, the Bible. Yet in a world desperately seeking truth, God’s Word is ignored because we refuse to read. Eternal life is within the reach of our hands, but we can’t see it because of the video screen.
I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name (Psalm 138:2).