Words and Bits

By coincidence, I preached on Sunday about the power and the burden of all the words in our culture. The next day, I heard a fascinating talk given to the Men’s Group by a banker about bitcoins.

While words and bits are vastly different, they are similar in that they are our major means of communication. Furthermore, they are now conveyed electronically in ways our pre-computer forebears would never have imagined.

Bitcoin was originally conceived as a fraud-proof way of exchanging money; it’s now of course a focus of speculation and likely money-laundering. And of course many of the abusers in the news got in trouble through what they said.

All the more reason to seek honesty in our speech and in the use of our computers. Only then will the truth make us free. —J. Douglas Ousley

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