Yesterday I mused upon the issue of how we communicate with one another and some of the deficiencies thereof. Today I wish to look at some further issues thatt are manifested in the realm of communication.
The first issue to mention is how people arrange things with much less notice nowadays . If you can just text some people, then the arranging is far different to what it used to be. Things can be arranged a far shorter notice. Before mobile phones and texting people use to have to plan ahead far more. Those who have grown up with the ability to text and message, think in a very different way as regards to making arrangements.
The issue of the clarity of communication is also a significant issue. I am talking about being clear with instructions and making sure that others understand what you are saying. The fact that we now communicate in quicker and briefer ways, opens up lots of opportunity for misunderstanding. Someone observed to me that he believed texting was the cause of many relationships being harmed. So many misunderstandings arise through quick messages being sent which were not thought through before pressing the “send” button.
A lot of these means of communication have developed so recently that we have not as yet developed a mature way of operating them. What is the proper etiquette for using e-mail or text? I suggest that there is as yet no real consensus on this. Letter writing in contrast is a long established form of communication with established ways in which it is done. Modern phenomena do not have this as yet. Accordingly, when someone views texting in a different way to someone else then confusion and offence can arise. Someone who is brief and terse by text for example can offend someone who wonders why the message seems so harsh.
As I have engaged with the above, I am prompted think about how our God communicates with us. He has communicated in the most understandable way. In Hebrews 1:1-2 we read: In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. God has not shouted from a distance he has come where we are in order that we can fully understand His message of grace.