SPEAKING IN THUMBS (PART II)
By Akin Ojumu
With advancement in science and technology, information is now at our fingertips. Whereas it used to take weeks of searching through volumes of dusty encyclopedias and combing through mountains of old newspaper clippings in the damp and dusty basement of the library, we are now able to access terabytes of data with just one click of the button. A single click on Google opens up the whole world to us right from the privacy of our homes.
Nevertheless, even with the sophistry and variety of available means of communication at our disposal, it appears we communicate even less. We each live within a seclusion of our own cyber cocoon; everyone is isolated within their own cone of silence totally cut off from real human interactions.
Communication is essentially now no more than WhatsApping, Facebooking, Twittering, Instagraming, YouTubing, and Tik-Toking. Language is reduced to abbreviations and symbols; LOL, ROTFL, LMAO, OMG, SMH, BRB, TTYL. The world, as it were, now speaks in thumbs, as the thumb – used to type on our mobile devices – has replaced the tongue as the organ of speech.
Another unintended consequence of scientific innovations is the rejection of God and the denial of His existence. Each leap in scientific advancement seems to reinforce in the mind of man the notion that he is a god unto himself. With every technological breakthrough, human beings seem to think they are the supreme beings.
Nonetheless, scientific discoveries, in and of themselves, are proof of the wonderful work of God in creation. They are not, and cannot, be evidence that there is no God, or that God is dead. Only a super intelligent mind could have engineered the elaborate structure and functions of the human body. The sheer complexity of the wiring of the 86 billion cells of the human brain, couldn’t have been conceived by a mere mortal but a Higher Being. Only the Almighty God could have laid out the universe in its entire splendor, with everything in its place in an orderly array.
When you walk on a crowded street and you look around you, what do you see? All around you is a sea of faces, so many faces, each one different from the other – African, Asian, Caucasian and Latino – with no two faces looking exactly the same. The sheer magnitude of it all is breathtaking, and it makes you marvel at the awesomeness of the Creator of the Universe.
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20).
Rather than glorifying God with each scientific breakthrough, the heart of man is lifted up in pride and arrogance. Puffed up in his knowledge and wisdom, he thumbs his nose at the One who stretched forth the heavens and set the earth on a firm foundation. Man looks with contempt at the Living Spirit who breathed His own life into man and made him a living soul.
“Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.” (Romans 1:28).
The sepulcher of the human soul is littered with vain things. The mooring of the mind has been loosened. The mind of man is adrift in the sea of immorality, and his soul is marooned in the island of depravity. He is ensnared in the cesspool of wantonness and enslaved in the enclave of lasciviousness. Right and wrong have now taken on new meaning.
The scary part in all of these is that the pace of change is proceeding at lightning speed. Like a freight train that has lost control, the world barrels downhill toward its destiny. That day of Divine retribution is coming when we shall all stand before a righteously angry God.
From where I’m standing, that day is not too far out of sight. And I'd be wise to start building an Ark with which to escape the flood of anger of the Almighty God that is bound to come.