Communication is an amazing thing regardless of the perspective you look at it from. From the beginning of time, God has been communicating, be it with angels, demons, the Creation, and mankind. The Bible clearly shows that God is communication (John 1:1), and â€œthe ability to express oneself remains Godâ€™s gift to humanity.â€
I see two questions which beg to be answered.
- Are we, as humans, meant to be communicators?
- If we are, is it important how we go about it?
God created humanity to be communicators, and it is quite important how we chose to communicate. If we cannot communicate the Gospel (literally, the Good News), then how can we take the message of Jesus to the world?
My answer to the first question is yes. Since we are communicators, where did that gift come from? As stated earlier, from God, but specifically when? The Bible states that God breathed life into Adam (Genesis 2:7), and that was the moment life began. This â€œbasic understanding of communication as a result of Godâ€™s creating act in history deepens our understanding of Godâ€™s own desire for a relationship with His created beings.â€Â I find ironic when critics of Christianity claim that if there was an omnipotent god of the universe, he would be too busy to bother himself with the likes of us. The entire narrative of Bible shows that God has been spending most our history trying to just get us to listen to Him!
Why should the modal used in communication be so important then? The answer is very simple, â€œ[t]here is an act of â€œcreationâ€ in the very process of communicating a message.â€Â God is creative, and we have inherited that gift of creativity. Jesus made it clear in Matthew 28:18-20 that â€œevery Christianâ€™s calling [is] to communicateâ€”in any way possibleâ€”the good news of salvation.â€Â My experiences have shown that communication so much more than a simple tool to be used to get what one wants out of life. Communication is an art form, and more specifically, a living art form.
Communication is a living thing? New communication methods are constantly being developed, such as the printing press which took Lutherâ€™s Ninety-Five Thesis to the masses, to the phenomena of blogging and micro-publishing via Twitter and Tumblr. Acknowledging that communication constantly evolves; Christians must learn how to harness new methods as they become available in order to effectively ensure the Gospel is delivered to all mankind.
This post is a personal response to God the Communicator by Arne H. Fjeldstad. All quotations are taken from the article. All commentary is the personal opinion of the author.