Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes: May 24, 2020  – David Harris

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,

I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.

Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

 

We’d just started on earth us when they met us. They showed us each in turn

That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:

But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,

So we left them to teach the wind while we followed the March of Mankind.

 

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,

Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,

But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come

That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

 

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,

They denied that the Moon was Gouda; they denied she was even Dutch;

They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;

So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

 

When the world’s foundations were forming, They promised perpetual peace.

They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of man would cease.

But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

 

On the first great granite slabs we were promised the Fuller Life

(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)

Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

 

In the dawn of the very first sunrise we were promised abundance for all,

By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;

But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”

 

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew

And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true

That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings showed up to explain it once more.

 

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man

There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.

That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the pig returns to her Mire,

And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes straight on back to the Fire;

 

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins

When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,

As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,

The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Theology of Tech:

Applying Biblical Principles to Social Media Usage

 

Outline

 

“The Gods of the Copybook Headings”

 

 

 

Introduction: Why Address Social Media

 

 

 

Defining Social Media

 

 

 

Social Media: Positive or Negative?

 

 

 

 

Positives of Social Media

 

 

 

 

The Negatives of Social Media

 

 

 

 

Applying Scripture to Social Media

 

 

Principle 1: Redeeming the Time

Ephesians 5

 

 

 

Principle 2: Looking for the Way of Escape

1 Corinthians 10

 

 

 

 

Principle 3: Seeking a “Desolate Place”

Luke 5

 

 

 

Conclusions