The Quest – Day 6

This is the devotional for Sunday, October 1, 2006 which is the 6th day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 6 of Frank Moore’s awesome book, The Power To Be Free.

If you were unable to attend Sunday’s Kickoff service for the Quest, we’d love you have you participate via our Faith Nazarene Church podcast.

Day 6 – A Spirit Guide

Christ promised us a Spirit Guide.

But if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7 NIV)

Police officer John Sullivan was haunted by the death of his father, Frank, for more than 30 years. Then through a strange turn of events, John made contact on his shortwave radio with the world beyond and opened a communication line with his dad. This is the story line from the popular movie Frequency staring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.

Is communicating with the “great beyond” science fiction? Of course. Is it popular? Very. Today, movie stars testify on television and in popular magazine articles about their own personal spirit guides. These examples highlight a return in our society to acknowledging the spiritual dimension of life.

Science and technology have promised to whisk us into the care-free world of the Jetsons. But something went terribly wrong with that scientific vision. Things didn’t quite materialize as anticipated. As people lose faith in science and technology to solve the problems of their lives, they consider other answers to their spiritual needs. So, we find society returning to the spiritual dimensions of life.

Christians do not attempt to communicate with deceased loved ones. Neither do they fall prey to the misguided popular notions of spirit guides. However, Christians do resonate with the idea that the Spirit of Christ can live in us and guide us.

When Jesus left His disciples on the Mount of Olives for His homeward journey, He promised to return to them in a spiritual way. You, too, may claim this promise of Christ. You’ll be excited to learn in our quest this week that Christ wants to live in you and guide you.

The memory verse for this week is John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

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3 Comments

  1. edarrell said,

    October 1, 2006 at 4:50 am

    I’m not sure why you think science promised to take to you Jetson-land — that was a cartoon produced by Hollywood entertainers. It wasn’t science.

    Science promises to try to find answers to difficult problems, and to try to find solutions as well. That’s it.

    Of course, if one had the mistaken idea that science promised a Jetson world, others may understand why there was a loss of faith.

  2. Pastor Bill said,

    October 1, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    My sense is that Dr. Moore is saying that the purveyors of modern technology convey the impression that they will solve the problems of the world and usher us into a care-free life due to the benefits of time- and work-saving gadgets. The Jetsons’ cartoon illustrates this mindset: “Someday there will be no traffic jams and there will be no drudgery with housework.” Advertisements seem to imply, “Buy this and all your problems will be over; people will admire you; you will have satisfying relationships.” Some people buy the hype and end up dissillusioned.
    How many people bought into the hype, for example:
    computers will save you time (how much time do we spend getting rid of spam, and don’t get me started on buggy software or “easy-to-setup networks!”)
    computers will create a paper-less office (automation means we can print more faster!)
    cell phones will free us from being tied to the office (now we can’t get away from the demands of work)
    But I think Dr. Moore’s point is even deeper. There is a spiritual hunger in our lives that the gadgets and advances of modern technology and science cannot assuage. We can have all the latest and greatest technology and still have a gnawing emptiness within.

  3. edarrell said,

    October 2, 2006 at 7:21 am

    Okay, I’ll go along with the spiritual hunger.

    But there are real advances that science and technology bring us — treatments for diseases like diabetes, for example, and antibiotics, which actually cure disease. Computers are a lot of fun to knock, but as Alan Greenspan finally demonstrated, they have allowed Americans to be much more productive. Dramatic rises in productivity through the end of the 1990s were the major drivers in our booming economy at the time. Spam? I have software to deal with it; I hire a network administrator. Xerox’s law department went paperless more than a decade ago, and we are close to achieving it in many places, including some schools.

    But the downsides are still there. All technology carries a risk of Future Shock; all technology leaves us with a need to connect to real humans in real, human ways.

    Just don’t blame science for making claims it doesn’t make, please. Buying hype is not a problem just for technological advance: How many immigrants bought the hype that [fill in the nation] would be a better place to live and work than [fill in their native land], only to find the new location was a sweatshop. This occurred in Greece, Rome, Paris and London long before the modern age. Don’t blame technology for human foibles.


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