Wisdom vs. Chatter!

Proverbs 10:14

Wise men lay up knowledge,
but the babbling of a fool brings ruin near.

The trouble with a media culture is that it cannot bear silence. When radio was first invented, a desperate announcer, who had run out of things to blather about, suddenly announced, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the sound of New York traffic!” and stuck the microphone out the window! There had to be a constant flow of noise or else what was the point of the medium? Later technology and sophistication has solved the problem of providing an endless stream of flash and noise to the all-consuming eye and ear of television and radio. But it has not solved the problem of how to fill that flash and noise with anything valuable most of the time. And so, we have a media that babbles like a fool and brings ruin near (“Tonight! Exclusive pictures of the latest bloodbath! Forecasts of the latest Doom!”) If it bleeds, it leads, as they say in the news biz. Meanwhile, the Wisdom of Christ is silent and lays up knowledge in order to speak when it has something to say, not just to fill up the air with chatter. Today seek wisdom in silence and avoid the chatter of fools.

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