Whenever an engaging conversation is taking place, eye contact is fixated on the other. Although this may change slightly when individuals are walking and talking, there will be momentary pauses to maintain eye contact. Unfortunately, the popularity of social media is changing how young people communicate. Instead of looking at people in the eye, texts are sent, skype is used or images are exchanged via Snap Chat.
But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is how his name is translated) opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul away from accepting the faith. 9 But ]Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit and led by Him, looked steadily at Elymas, Acts 13:8-9.
In the passage above, Paul felt compelled to confront a spiritual opponent. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Paul addresses Elymas, a sorcerer who tried to prevent a proconsul named Sergius Paulus from placing his faith in Jesus. Thus, Paul does not shy away from confrontation, looking at Elymas in the eye and rebuking him publicly. Paul uses the teaching of Jesus from John 8:44 to refer to Elymas as a son of the devil. Finally, Paul asks how long will this interference continue?
And said, “You [Elymas] who are full of every [kind of] deceit, and every [kind of] fraud, you son of the devil, enemy of everything that is right and good, will you never stop perverting the straight paths of the Lord? – Acts 13:10
During my last year as a high school teacher, texting exploded in popularity. During the golf season, some of my players would text me a message at practice, off on another hole. Afraid of confrontation, some golfers would send bold texts, demanding more playing time. When I addressed their concerns face to face, words were few, often shying away from reality. Nearly ten years later, communication skills continue to decay. Perhaps, it’s time for Christians to start keeping in step with the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:25, by looking at people in the eye.
by Jay Mankus