Key Word:- OBEY
Title:- God’s IP Address
John 15:27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning
“Cyberspace exists within a worldwide network of computer networks that use TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange.” As we are searching for the nearest place to order Pizza from or looking up directions to get to the cinema, such a technical description falls far short of our experience within this humanly created metaphysical entity, doesn’t it? How about this definition then, “Cyberspace has come to refer to the various information resources that are available through computer networks and the Internet, as well as to ‘communities’ which have developed through their common use of such resources and also to the ‘culture’ which is developing in such electronically connected communities. Cyberspace then distinguishes the physical world from the digital, or computer-based world.” Yes, that’s a little better, but not too much!
It was William Gibson in his book ‘Neuromancer’ that first coined the term, ‘Cyberspace.’ He describes it as “A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concept……a graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system, unthinkable complexity, lines of light ranged in the non space of the mind, clusters and constellations of data, like city lights, receding....” Now that, I like very much indeed!
We all are spending increasing hours each day functioning and communing in this seemingly man-made and Godless cyberspace. Thomas L Friedman in his book ‘The Lexus and The Olive Tree’ suggests to us that God is not in cyberspace unless we bring Him there! He further suggests that God wants to be there, but cannot be there unless we bring Him there. Indeed, it is only our mouse clicks of free choice that enable us to choose sanctity and morality and therefore bring the Lordship of God into a cyberspace He did not create! Hmmm? As Miss Marple would say, "How very Interesting."
Now, before I go further, you need to know that every wanderer and worker in cyberspace makes use of the TCP/IP system and is assigned a unique identifier when in Cyberspace, called an IP address. The vast yet limited number of IP addresses means they are mostly intermittently and randomly assigned from country permitted pools. This is known as dynamic IP addressing. (Oh by the way, ‘Cisco’ THE Reuting company, do have IP addresses reserved for Aliens, but that’s another story for another day.)
Friedman obviously does not think that God has His very own IP address and never logs on Himself! However, it seems to me that God’s IP address is dynamic and may I say that if you are a Christian then God’s IP address is the one you are using right now. Imagine that.
Unlike Friedman however, I do believe there is of course nowhere where that God in His fullness is not present. So of course, God is in Cyberspace. Yet I do concur that cyberspace does not have the primary testimonies of ‘creation’ and ‘conscience’ that we have in the physical world. So actually, maybe Friedman is partly correct by observing that God is SEEN to be in cyberspace only by the choices we make in it and the way we use it? So friend let me ask you today. Who are you in cyberspace? Where do you go? What do you do? How do you manifest the testimony of God, the Lordship of Christ and the look of His face to the barren creation of man's cyberspace.
Listen:- “You are My witnesses,” says the LORD,” And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no saviour. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, And there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses,” Says the LORD, “that I am God.”
Pray:- O Sacred King, O Holy King, how can I honour You rightly, honour that’s fit for Your name? In every space Jesus, be my Lord, amen.