I’ve been thinking about this post for over a week now. I first thought of it when I saw a similar Father’s Day related post on GIGAOM. Even after taking all this time, I still don’t know how tech has made me a better Christian. In fact, I might need to change the title to this post: Has Tech Made Me a Better Christian?
Without making too many Lee Majors/Six Million Dollar Man references, how has technology made us better…faster…strong? (I had to make at least one reference. ;-))
I’m sure that we can find ways that tech has made us “worse” Christians—pornography and other soul pollution, social withdraw for the sake of social media, distraction from our time with God, etc.—but is there a positive flip-side?
Here are a two improvements I’ve found*:
Thanks to YouVersion, I can take my Bible everywhere, and that has helped me to connect with God wherever I am. When I’m stuck waiting for an appointment or when my wife has disappeared into the merchandising maze that is TJ Maxx, I’ve been able to load up YouVersion and dive into God’s Word. Granted, devotions-on-the-go can’t be your long-term strategy for reading the Bible, but it can help to reconnect you throughout your day, serving as a supplement to your larger time of prayer and study.
Now, with social media integration, I can instantly proclaim the Gospel and/or share a passage of Scripture from my devotion that I find meaningful or important. I love being able to share with my friends and family from the Bible, and it warms my heart to see others do so. I can’t stand those psuedo-Christian “Click ‘Like’ if you love Jesus” status updates, but I love it when I see people from my community and especially form my church getting into God’s Word and sharing it with others.
Technology is a tool: it’s supposed to make things easier or better or whatever.
Does technology actually help us become better disciples of Christ? Or are we just fitting into the tech-obsessed culture around us?
In what way has technology made you a better Christian?
*And yes, I know that each of these positives have their own negative flip-side. Nothing’s perfect.