There is so much noise in the world today. There are so many voices competing for our attention. If you want to be heard, you almost have to shout.
During a typical lunch hour at the University of California at Berkeley, spokespeople for a dozen different causes can be found on the plaza, trying to outshout one another.
One day a lone figure sat down defiantly in the middle of the crowd and held up a sign which said, “SILENT PROTEST.” Someone tapped him on the shoulder and asked, “What are you protesting?” The defiant figure held up another sign which said simply, “NOISE.”
A Salvation Army bell ringer was informed by a policeman that a local ordinance would prevent her from ringing her bells to invite contributions. But such a crude law would not stop this inventive woman. The next day she did a brisker business than ever as she waved one sign and then another in the air. The signs said “DING” and “DONG.”
There is so much noise in the world, especially in these days that lead up to Christmas – music blaring out of every store: impatient customers raising their voices to get the attention of overworked store clerks; the sound of horns and traffic jams. If you really want to be heard in the midst of all this noise, you are probably going to have to shout.
Noise is not unique to our times. Every age has had to overcome the noises that present themselves. The Gospels tell us that John the Baptist had to shout out, “Repent, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”John was the voice crying out even in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his path.”
Then and now, his voice and his message are drowned out or never heard. Maybe we need more signs that say, “SILENT PROTEST” or signs that say “DING” and “DONG.”
Thanks to John Thomas Randolph for some of these ideas. Thanks to Tim Mossholder for the picture.
What noises on TV or in YOUR world have been keeping YOU from preparing for the coming of Jesus?
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