As technology increases, it can be hard to find any sort of daily experience that doesn’t include your lucky iPhone. It seems that society is trying to jam technology into every facet of our lives, and where once you felt safe in the car, we now see the integration of iPhone software within our touch screen dashboards.
Even the Body of Christ, it can be argued, has begun putting emphasis on their technological expertise as a form of modern communication. No doubt this has helped us spread our Gospel message in unprecedented ways, but it might be worth considering that maybe our new forms of outreach have also become a quagmire of gadget-dependance.
While it may be impossible, and likely unreasonable, to remove ourselves from the digital age altogether, it’s worth asking ourselves if we have become slaves to this lifestyle of being a “tech junky”.
How do you know if you might fall into this category? Well, I’m glad you asked, because I’ve listed 10 reasons below, and I’m wondering if you have any to add:
1. You can’t remember where your (physical) Bible is.
2. You have stopped going to church because you can stream any service you want.
3. You don’t know how to AVOID looking at your phone during the message.
4. You are videoing the super awesome worship service instead of, well, worshipping.
5. You’re tweeting a quote that the pastor just said, and start a conversation online about it.
6. You don’t know how be blown away by at nature anymore.
7. You preach to everyone you meet…but only online.
8. You have forgotten how to talk to people about Jesus in a casual, face-to-face manner.
9. You have to listen to music 24/7 in order to feel the Lord’s presence.
10. You are reading this article and don’t think you’re a technology junky.
I hope you caught that last point…
Yes, I was being a bit sarcastic, but honestly, I can’t think of any of those actions listed above that I don’t do on a regular basis. Let’s try and remember that Christ came before gadgets, and if He changed the world then, we surely don’t need technology in every corner of our lives now.
What do you think makes Christian’s technology junkies?
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