by Grant Eaton.
Communication: the great paradox of our Age. We live in the Communication Age, but we are such poor communicators! How easily we get the wrong idea. We are so good at saying one thing and meaning another. To get ahead, we present a public image which conveys what we want the world to see, while in reality our self talk conveys a very different picture to our own souls. It is any wonder that we are so confused?
So many mixed messages!
A well known Communications theorist coined the concept:
The Medium is the Massage The Medium is the Massage - Marshall McLuhan, 1967
I suggest that the medium is at least a part of the message. The medium that conveys our message, of itself, communicates something. Why else would we bother choosing Greeting Cards, or Birthday presents or diamond rings? I know it's the "thought that counts" but that old excuse wears rather thin when the vehicle or medium we choose to convey that thought, doesn't count for anything at all.
That's a mixed message.
Of course a simple and sincere "I love you" is far more effective communication than a thoughtless, obligatory gift. At the same time, you couldn't blame someone for being confused by constant verbal assurances like "You mean everything to me", when the lifestyle communicates "I'm really mean to you!"
That's another mixed message. Which one is true?
Christian musicians can very easily convey mixed messages. This table gives some examples. But first, the disclaimer: Any resemblance between these rather extreme examples, and any actual pieces, performances, styles or forms is purely coincidental. It is a case of taking note, lest the cap fits!
Beware, of sending mixed messages. Our audience can become confused. To which message should they respond?
To minimise this confusion, two things need to happen.
It may sometimes come down to a
God seeks people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Truth! No confusion there!
May there be no mixed messages between our lips and our lives.
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