St Paul was a man who gave people wise advice. Whether you believe in God or not, you would surely have to agree that some of the advice that has been written down by the saints of old and that has found itself recorded in various books, and in one book in particular which gives these words status, that status being scriptural status in that it is recorded in the chief amongst books – that book being given the name “Bible”. Bible is a Greek word which simply means “Book”. So you might ask: What is this good advice that you have in mind or that came out of St Paul’s mind as inspired by his good friend Jesus? St Paul said, and you can look at this as good advice if you like, “See then that ye walk circumspectly*, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil”. (Ephesians 5:15-16). This particular verse or scripture or good advice, whichever you wish to call it, is very very good advice for today’s online masses and online surfers if you like.
Take the online surfer concept and what you picture in your mind is a person having such a good time on his surfboard riding on the biggest wave he can find, he is looking for the thrill of the big wave and he then rides on it’s crest or when you see these surfers they tend to ride just below the crest on the danger and excitement level. A surfer will need to be very very circumspect, and in his or her case he will need to find waves that aren’t taking him to any big rocks because if the wave comes crashing down on him amongst those rocks then he might find himself in grave danger. So in a lot of ways walking circumspectly, or in other words riding circumspectly in his/her case, is highly important online because clearly there are all kinds of risks involved and you never know what kind of wave you are riding on if you are not careful or riding circumspectly, and let’s face it, the waves that we are riding on online are usually and very often people who are presenting themselves as being wonderful waves to ride on.
Surfing the net is largely all about surfing on information as presented by others, or sensations as presented by others, or morality or even immorality as presented by others, good or bad behaviour as presented by others, good or bad entertainment as presented by others, mainstream news, alternative news, religious or non-religious views, visionary or non-visionary views, prophets or false prophet’s views, spiritual or non-spiritual views, revolutionary or non-revolutionary views, New World Order or non NWO views, good advice or bad advice, sensational or non-sensational or even highly lustful or non-lustful, highly self-contained or non self-contained (people going absolutely crazy), sane or insane, having anger problems or being extremely patient with people – you name it – it’s all online now and the list is endless and the waves that people are making just keep on getting bigger and bigger and bigger and the amount of people surfing on these waves are growing in the millions and even in the billions! And how many are riding these waves circumspectly? You do wonder! And no matter what wave people choose to ride on, then again as St Paul says in so many words, then you can spend countless hours, days, weeks, months, and even years looking or waiting for these big waves to come, so you have to ask yourself: Am I being careful with my time on earth? or in other words, am I redeeming the time as advised by St Paul???
Again on the subject of waves St Jude in the same book, that book being the bible ‘Book’ would have described a lot of the people that you might encounter online and it’s also a very good verse or scripture that would describe today’s online surfing world. He described some people as being like, “Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame” (Jude 1:13). Well, you couldn’t get a better description for today’s online world and here we have people on their surfboards actually riding on the foam, or in other words, so-called crest that these waves present themselves to be. I mean, are you actually riding on a wave of the sea and on it’s wonderful white crest or are you riding on a raging wave of the sea that is foaming out it’s own shame???
And then there is another point of view that Isaiah presented about waves: He said that “…the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt” (Isaiah 57:20). He went on to say that there is no peace for the wicked. How can there be peace when people’s views are far too often found to be seated in wickedness? It simply stands to reason even if you take the so-called religious connotations out of the verses that are called scriptures then they do more than often present themselves as very very good advice. So quite a murky world we have online these days and who wouldn’t walk (surf) circumspectly in such a place? – let alone spend all your good time on earth riding on the good or evil crest of the wave and waiting and looking for the bigger ones that might follow!!!
“See that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)
*Simple Definition of circumspect
▪ : thinking carefully about possible risks before doing or saying something
Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary