“The term is most often used in cases where program material comes to an unexpected halt, either through operator error or for technical reasons. Among professional broadcasters, dead air is considered one of the worst things that can occur. Moreover, having dead air during commercial segments or sponsor announcements can cost networks considerable revenue.”(Quoted from Wiki)
It must be said that our media broadcasters are not the only ones who hate “dead air”.
In the workplace, at the gym and in many other places people cannot stand to be without music or a television going. It is almost as if people today cannot stand peace and quiet and to be alone with their thoughts.
For myself personally I love peace and quiet and to hear the birds singing in the trees and the sound of the breeze in the trees.
One wonders to see this in the worship of the church in the noise and activity that swells our services. Quiet for contemplation and meditation is seldom seen in today’s worship.
I wonder how much the voice of God is drowned out by all this noise if He is speaking to us can we separate his voice from the racket that daily besets us.
The media sees silence as a waste and a loss of income. Some people avoid silence because it highlights their own vacuity and emptiness so they fill the air with anything and everything.
To listen is the main way to hear and for the Christian more than anyone else we need to listen to the voice of God.
Unfortunately the modern Church is awash with voices claiming to speak for God. It is only by measuring them against the “straight edge’ of Scripture that we will know the voice of God when we hear it.
The Bluebells which have always grown in masses throughout England during the spring are part of the countryside’s charm.
Unfortunately this pleasure of nature is under threat through the intrusion of a less colourful, less prolifically flowering and only faintly scented invader from Spain.
The Spanish bluebell breeds with the native flower and creates a hybrid which takes over and between them and the invader it will make native bluebells and the wondrous carpet they make every year very rare indeed.
There are a lot people in the Churches today that play the part of these Foreign plants .They may look something like the real thing but they are wishy washy in their colouring and they have no “savour” or fragrance of Christ about them.
Those outside the Church who encounter them are left with a less than encouraging impression of Christians and Christianity.
Worse still these imitators unless they repent and believe the gospel may find a place among those whom Christ will place on his left hand on the Day of Judgment.
The Pax Romana?
One of the early Britons after being conquered was recorded to have said that the Romans created desolation and then called it peace.
In the Church there always have been people ,who in the name of progress and modernization discard and deny great tracts of Scriptural doctrine and Christian practice and yet believe they have made Christianity and the Church more relevant to the World and the non Christian.
In fact they have created“desolation” and the “peace” they have sought is based on falsehood and ignorance.
A recent survey said that the majority of people questioned saw no benefit from being religious.
This is despite the increase of violence in society, drug use, immorality and selfish greed. They do not draw the conclusion that even from a mere moral point of view when Christianity was at least nominally professed these social evils was less prevalent and more vigorously fought opposed.
So for the so called modern reformer by seeking to modify Christianity to appeal to modern man actually destroy the true basis and power of the Gospel and reduce it to an empty shell requiring constant hype and excitement to make up the shortfall.
God save us from these well meaning but misguided people and let us hold on to the tried and true Gospel and the inspired Scriptures as the Word of God.