I can recall from my teenagehood Cliff Richard releasing a single ‘Wired For Sound.’ He was, I think, trying to be relevant and contemporary, and I picture him in the video wearing earphones as he rollerskates – though it may have been a stunt double. The Sony Walkman was newly invented, and the image of cool was wearing 2p size earphones attached to a metal alice band. It took over from wearing a boombox on your shoulder.
Earphones then became more subtle, and started to be made to fit inside the ear, with wires that connected loosely to the music device. Apple made distinctive white ones for their ipod, which were meant to be seen. We even find holes in our overcoats designed to allow the wires to connect with the pocket in which we snugly place the device.
Then we had these Borg-like devices (see Star Trek) that hang over your ear, and connect wirelessly with your music playing gadget. Blue Tooth.
But, I notice now, the thing to wear is a set of 60s style headphones! And not discreet, but in ‘notice me’ colours.
When we visited New York, all such devices were banned from the streets, health and safety, to make sure you paid attention to traffic.
They do, whatever their size and design, exclude you from the outside world, and enable you to walk through it in your own reality bubble. At times that has been subtle, now it is more overt. Telling us ‘my personal world’ is more real than the ‘social world’ or world of human interaction, face-to-face.
Whether we don ‘Jesus Loves Me’ roller skates, wear a fish badge and live a life that gives glory to God, or simply set out with intentional prayer to honour God in all our interactions, we are called to manifest the reality of God in our lives. Our spiritual world. Give off the fragrance of Christ.
Do it in style!