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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)
Life can be, sometimes, inconvenient. But we were never meant to live life by simply clicking and kicking back. Good, honest work is not the result of the fall in the Garden of Eden. Weary work, fighting thorns and thistles, is! And isn’t it true that some of our best lessons in life are learned from what we might call the nuisances, the wasted times, the annoying human interaction? Your thoughts?
“For the majority of human history, people lived without the distractions of endless shows to stream or never-ending scrolls on devices glued to their faces that never turn off and never cease to distract. While there are many enjoyments to be had in this digital age, we largely don’t need any of them.
The effect of being connected to thousands of people on our phones is a neglect of the people living under our roof and next door. We are missing out on enriching relationships with people who could be part of the network and support system we need to bear our burdens, know us, and be known by us. I would start by deleting social media apps from your phone and restricting this kind of engagement to mornings or evenings.
From there I would suggest unsubscribing from most cable, dish, and streaming platforms. No one needs to have the appetite for television at the level many of us have today. It should give us pause that today someone can consume seasons of a TV show in a few days that a previous generation took many years to enjoy. The time gained from spending less time with our phones and shows can be better spent cultivating relationships with flesh and blood human beings.” (from Redeeming Warriors by Josh Holler)
I’m all for technology, but it can be incredibly dangerous at times, right? And sometimes technology is just a way to facilitate our laziness. I remember when one had to get up out of one’s chair and go to the TV to turn it on — and sometimes stand there holding the rabbit ears with the aluminum foil so the TV channel would come in clearer. Anyone else remember that? Have a good day!
If only everything in life listened to you! Yeah, that would be great, would it not?
No! Because we are not GOD! And catering to a person’s desire to have everything obey him (even something as simple as “Find the cat!”) is tantamount to defying man, right?
Technology can be great — but man still needs a Savior, right?