Taken from the hilarious cartoon by Liam Walsh, the social media, smartphone “cone of shame” has gone from concept to pseudo real-world application in this funny and painful Coca-Cola advertisement on keeping your eyes off the screen on onto each other.
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I wonder how many pastors and ministers secretly wished they could require everyone to where these during the service. As we’ve adopted mobile technology into the church, it comes with its own set of problems. Do we use mobile devices to read our Bible, take notes and maybe even “live tweet” the sermon? Sure. But there will always be those who are not doing any of these things and trolling Facebook instead of paying attention. This possibility, however, is not reason enough to hate and disdain mobile tech in the church. After all, who’s to say those sitting the pew watching the speaker on Sunday morning are not day dreaming about where they should go out for lunch instead of what’s being said?
This isn’t 1984 and the thought police have not been instated, yet, so let’s keep it cool and worry more about the heart and less about what’s in hand. That being said, it’s rude to pay more attention to those cast onto your screen than those in your presence.