It's Backward
Titus West | April 14, 2022

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, it was reported that the Chicago Zoo placed a special bar along its gorilla cages to keep visitors further from the windows. This is to prevent the visitors from showing their phone screens to the gorillas inside. The zookeepers did this because they noticed the 3 “teenage” gorillas were showing signs of anti-socialism and extreme distractedness. One gorilla was distracted to the point of not defending himself when attacked by another gorilla. The zookeepers are attributing this behavior to too much screen time on the visitors' phones. This makes me wonder, what are phones doing to human children who receive far more screen time than gorillas and also don’t have the privilege of escaping the screen after “closing time?” Zookeepers protect gorillas from phones yet parents don't protect their children from them. It's backward.

Saturday, April 2nd, 2022, it was reported that scientists have found possible life in places not on Earth, like on two (2) of Saturn’s moons, Mars, and Jupiter’s moon. This life is called by scientists “microbial life-forms” and this discovery is praised by many. I admit that I find these discoveries interesting as well. Yet, I can’t help but wonder why the majority of people can believe these microbial life-forms are actual “life”, yet refuse to believe an unborn child is not allowed the same definition of “life." It's backward.

In the Church, it is controversial to talk about what happens in society and I do understand why. As Christians, the last thing we should want to do is cause division within the Body, but I ask, “What is causing the division?” Speaking out against things the Bible speaks out against or that we often stay silent to not offend our Christian brothers and sisters? Christians choosing to follow the standards of society instead of the standards laid out by God is backward.

Ephesians 5:11 states we should “take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, yet expose them.” Acts 4:19-20 Peter and John say to the authorities, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

Are Christians able to save a condemned world? No, we are not, and it isn't our job. Our job is to be unified around the Word and take it out into the world. James chapter 1 tells us to not just be hearers, but doers of the Word. When we speak out/up for the values of God, that, my friends, is not backward.