There’s been a major change at the way people use their cell phones in restaurants. I recall being in a particular restaurant a year ago, and I was amazed by the fact that everyone who was dining alone was simultaneously talking on a cell phone. It was their way of providing themselves with dinner companions. Even some people who had dining companions were talking on cell phones.
Last Friday night at a similar restaurant I looked around and didn’t see anyone talking on a cell phone. They were all texting—scores of thumbs going at all speeds between bites and drinks.
Texting is very biblical; it has divine origin. God has sent us a lot of texts in the Bible. For example the book of Proverbs is the original Twitter. In 140 characters or less, the Lord sent down His short bursts of insight and wisdom, which we call the Proverbs. Each of the individual verses of Proverbs is like a Tweet from the Lord—His divine Short Message Service.
Tomorrow I’m preaching from Proverbs (click here for the sermon), and I can’t think of a better way of explaining this book to today’s audience than describing it as God’s infallible Twitter account to each of us: Heavenly rules for earthly living. It is Texting at its best.