Traveling to 3rd world countries has a way of making one extremely thankful for the wealth and comfort most of us enjoy in the West. Technology has brought many blessings to our culture, but also many dangers. I will no longer walk or ride my bike with traffic because I’m afraid of distracted drivers on their phones who might run over me.
My lost friend Mike enjoys many of the same gadgets and gizmos our technological society has bestowed upon us. But I’m pretty sure that Mike — and my other unsaved friends —
31. THEY DON’T HAVE A BALANCED VIEW OF TECHNOLOGY!
I’m not suggesting that Mike is addicted to video games or anything of the sort. But I don’t believe he’s aware of the dark side of new innovations. As someone has written, “Modern technology has not made man better morally but only more powerful in his wickedness.”
All of life should be used for the glory of God. And, sadly, much of technology has one and only one purpose: entertainment. “Amusement” — a term which literally means “no thinking” — seems to be one of the highest goals of our culture. And hardly a thought is given to bingeing for hours watching a TV series or spending inordinate amounts of money to install the latest video equipment.
The bottom line is that we are responsible for how we use technology. The Apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (v. 17). We are challenged in I Corinthians 10 to live our lives carefully before God: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (v. 31).
We can — and should — use our technology for blessing others and for advancing God’s kingdom. Entertainment is not in itself evil. But it must not be all-consuming. One cynic wrote about Western culture: “When historians of a future generation look back at American culture, they will say ‘they entertained themselves to death.'”
So, how do I pray for my unsaved friend? I make conscious choices not to allow technology to have power over me. And I pray for my friend to understand that salvation finds it source in Jesus, not in technological advancements. (to be continued)