America is a land of constant noise. Americans wake up listening to television, and we go to sleep at night watching the television. When we are not watching television, we are listening to the radio or surfing the internet. This constant stream of images, ideas and emotion is carrying our nation along like a great flood.
So many Christians try to get engaged in this conversation in order to change the direction it is going, adding their own voice with blogs, radio shows, and even television programs. I recently ran across a quote that explained why it can be dangerous to remain “engaged” in this culture of constant noise:
In his constant agitation, modern man easily loses his inner freedom. Hyperactive, tense, and anxious, he is all too often at the mercy of momentary but overwhelming impressions. Most of the time he lives passively instead of actively, being influenced rather than influencing. Hence Libermann’s continuing emphasis on calmness, moderation, serenity and equanimity, in order to extricate the personality from the raging flow of fleeting impressions which do their best to suck him down into a vortex of anxiety and neurosis. Once disengaged from the hectic stimuli of external stresses and strains, a man can live a life that is actuated by those deeper levels of his being where God reveals Himself through the inclinations and desires that His own hand has engraved there. Here, too, the truly free man will at last grow responsive to the grace whereby his Creator strengthens ad ennobles his good dispositions and diffuses them with divinity. (from A Light to the Gentiles, the Life-Story of the Venerable Francis Libermann, A. L. van Kaam (Pittsburgh, 1959) 263-264 )
We will not be able to follow the quiet voice of God unless we disengage from the hectic stimuli of modern life.
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