The Christianity Code, Pt. 2: <HEAD>

The next tag that appears after <HTML> in the source code of an HTML page is <HEAD>.

A browser needs that tag to tell it some information about the page that search engines and their spiders need to know: the document’s <TITLE>, who wrote it, the world language (English, French, etc.) it’s written in, how recent it is, a quick summary of its key words and concepts. It tells the search engine how long to remember a page before coming back to check it again.

Sometimes there are CSS style sheets or javascript (.js) instructions linked there that tell the page how to behave.

Then it’s all closed off with a </HEAD> tag.

Nothing inside those tags shows up on the page. It’s all background information.

I grew up at a time when the invisible, background information was about all that mattered in Christian communication. We rarely or never got past the appropriateness of the Bible’s title, its authorship, languages, etymology, key words and concepts, how to behave, and the fact that we needed to check back Sunday night and Wednesday night for updated information – we rarely if ever got to the <BODY> of what was being communicated.

It’s no wonder most folks never saw what we were trying to communicate. It was all <HEAD> language.

We weren’t living out the <BODY>.

The <BODY> is where the essence of the communication is. It has the real content of the message; not a summary or a few choice words or a concept or two.

As I was growing up – even while I was in college – we rarely if ever recognized that our <HEAD> – Jesus – lived His short, truncated life among us so that we would become His <BODY> for the rest of history; so that we would literally flesh out the concepts that He outlined and exemplified.

And it was truly an occasion if we ever considered what would happen when the </BODY> would be closed out in the resurrection to come and it would be confirmed whether we had lived the language of love that we were intended by our Author to live.

</HTML>

” You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.” – II Corinthians 3:2

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” – I Peter 1:23

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