Sunday, March 25, 2012

Overcoming Spiritual A.D.D.

I don't allow texting in my MCCC philosophy classes. You cannot multitask and learn philosophy.

In spite of my ban on texting some students cannot stop. They are addicted to texting. They are neurally incapable of focusing on one thing.

Superficiality was the curse of the modern age. The curse of the postmodern age, says Richard Foster, is distraction. "With the Internet and entertainment, so many different ways to keep people's minds constantly shifting, they don't have to think. And, of course, churches sometimes play right into that—with fast-paced services that keep people jumping all over the place. That's why solitude and silence are among the most important spiritual disciplines for today."

Introduce people to solitude and silence. Open the doors to a life of actual prayer. God's Spirit can work in these things to cure this culture's spiritual A.D.D.