Whenever new technology emerges, the reaction from the general populous, governments and the Church tend to be the same, respectively. While a Communist government’s reaction will differ from a Democracy, the reaction tends to be the same within each type.
The same can be said for the church. Denominations will vary, but within each denomination the reaction is fairly consistent. I even see this among church tech blogs, as some authors are ready to embrace new technology with no questions asked, while others survey the implications, implementations and cautiously proceed after it’s proven itself.
xkcd recetnly posted this dynamic in this tongue-in-cheek look at the simple answers to the questions that get asked about every new technology:
Well that pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it?
As technology has migrated from the edges and fringes of society to the very core and center of everyday life, I think it’s vitally important for Christians to have a clear, Biblical view of technology. Yes, that’s right, the Bible can help us navigate technology. It turns out, God’s Word is as everlasting as He is.
To study this further, I recommend reading this post by Dustin Stout on Teens, Technology and the Church, as well as my interview with John Dyer, his blogging book tour and reading John’s book From the Garden to the City.
We all approach new technology in different ways, what’s your approach and why?