Short video on ‘Those Silly little Boys,’ by Paul Washer

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A boy in a mans bodyI love how Washer’s Chinese interpreter added to his comments. Washer said “You’re just a silly little boy playing games. And the problem is, some of you are thirty years or more.” The interpreter added two words… “even older.”

This can be the same with cellphones, but perhaps worse. I’m a firm believer in leaving your cellphone in your vehicle while attending church. But in various churches while the pastor is preaching, I’ve seen men and women typing and engaging on their cells. Yes I’ve peeked a few times. They were not using Bible apps, they were on Facebook, and/or they were texting. But even using Bible apps can be a distraction to others. A pastor friend once told me that when his congregation used cellphones (for anything), it was a distraction to him. But does he tell his congregation that?

When the preacher is behind the pulpit, we ought to give him our undivided – non distracted attention. That’s not legalism, that’s church etiquette. That’s being more reverent to our Lord, and respectful to others.

A couple years ago I was discipling a younger man that was a new believer (as per Matthew 28:16-20). We were to meet at a coffee shop. Other than asking him to “bring your own Bible” (BYOB), I had only two requirements. They were 1) Don’t be late, and 2) leave your cellphone in your car.

Problem was when he was punctual (once), he couldn’t lay down his cellphone. After our third meeting (strike three), I politely told him that I needed to redeem our time wisely, hence I would no longer meet with him.

Whether it be a video game, or a cellphone, we have got to lay down these idols. As Washer’s interpreter implied, these silly little boys are even in their 40’s and 50’s.

As my mentor of evangelism said, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11).

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