Everyone wanted me on their team for a game of Trivial Pursuit. Turns out I had a head full of useless knowledge, and was able to retrieve those irrelevant facts quicker than others could. Imagine that.
In the internet age, there’s no excuse for not having the answer to any trivia question. In fact, most of you are holding those answers in your hand right now. Go ahead, ask Siri or Cortana to answer any trivia question you can think of, and in a voice of the gender and accent of your choosing, your smartphone’s internet search software will find a reasonably close answer, if not the exact one.
So what happens when the question you’re asking isn’t trivial?
For example, if you want to know the name of the lead guitar player who played that awesome opening solo on Steely Dan’s “Reeling in the Years,” you can find that. But, if you want to know what happens after you die, Siri won’t provide a very satisfying answer. Looking for a way to fix the crushing guilt from things in the past? A quick Google or Yahoo search won’t get it. And if you’re feeling emptiness in your heart, Internet Explorer will likely bring up the latest medical journal article on surgical repairs for heart defects. Medical problems, that’s fine. Heartache, not so much.
These questions are far from trivial pursuits. They are questions man has asked since he was created, strands of a common cord that tie men and women today with those who have walked this earth before us. And they are questions no one can avoid. At some point, we all search for these answers.
C.S. Lewis understood. In his Narnia series, Lewis described God’s power as “Deep Magic,” ancient knowledge that existed before anything the enemy knew. In the real world, the way to access God’s ancient guidance is in His Word, the Bible. And while you can access the Bible online, it’s not the main source of information for most internet search engines.
So if you’re interested in knowing the kind of guitar Elliott Randall used when he created that iconic “Reeling in the Years” solo, check it out online. (I did, it was a 1965 Fender Stratocaster. Sweet guitar.)
But answers to real questions, important questions, ancient questions?
They’re only found in the Bible, the ancient, living, unchanging Word of God.