The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Technology
By: Pastor Bill Nesbitt
Saturday, September 09, 2017 - 04:14 PM
Do people talk to one another anymore or do they just text and email? Is technology good for Christianity? I think there really is the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to technology.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Is it wrong to use technology? Definitely not. We just need to do it to the glory of God. That means it is to reflect His character and values, and there are many ways to accomplish this.
Technology has given Christianity a voice to reach a world-wide audience. Someone wrote that it is the “Pax Romana” of our time. Pax Romana was the way the Roman Empire used the technology of the day to create good roads for transportation and produce an army that was able to keep the peace. It brought stability to the world which played a role in spreading the Gospel.
Another positive way is by sharing your faith on Facebook. What a great opportunity to evangelize your friends and family!
Like Martha, in Luke 10, who was distracted from focusing on the one thing that was important, technology can distract Christians from that same thing: devotion to Jesus. 63% of Christians say they are easily distracted when they pray. The average Christian spends 10-20 minutes in Bible study every day, but 5 hours a day watching TV, 2 ½ hours a day on their smart phones, and only 7 minutes a day talking with their children. Neil Postman said, “Technology has displaced traditional culture, to our great harm.”
If technology is making the church better, it is hard to tell. It seems that people want to be entertained more. They are not interested in content but just a quick sound bite. Here are a couple of things I would like you to try…
The internet can lead you down some dark roads. Let me mention 3 concerns: porn, texting and driving, and cyberbullying.
One survey said that 2/3 of Christian men are watching pornography. Focus on the Family said that 54% of Pastors watched in the last year. It destroys homes and ministries, not to mention our relationship with God.
1 in 4 traffic deaths a day are the result of distracted driving from cell phones, texting or eating. In 2013, 341,000 accidents occurred when someone was texting and driving. The Bible says, “Think of others as more important that yourselves” (Phil. 2:3). Whatever earthshattering news you have to share can wait 10 minutes. Think of others first!!
50% of teenagers have experienced cyberbullying to one extent or another, and far too many cases of cyberbullying have led to suicide. Yale University found that victims of bullying are 2-9 times more likely to consider suicide.
As one psychologist said, Facebook, Twitter and texting have their place, but they are not a substitute for conversation. Young people of today are losing their ability to communicate. Let’s help them overcome this by creating digital free zones for conversation: the kitchen, the car, and the dining room. I also recommend turning off your phones when you are having your quiet time or when you are in church.
There is only one thing that really matters: our devotion to Jesus Christ. Let’s not let anything get in the way of that!!!