Devotion to Technology

“We value speed and efficiency while the Bible upholds patience and kindness. When we start the day with electronic updates, we may forget how ‘great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.’ Where shall we express our hopes and fears? If we post our concerns on Facebook, we may forget to cast our cares on the Lord, the one who sustains us in our sorrows. Should we find our comfort in a gadget or in God? If our goal or calling in life is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever, should we fill each moment of boredom with an electronic input to keep us entertained? Almost all of Jesus’s most important teaching happened on the journey between destinations. After his disciples had experienced something, Jesus took the time before the next encounter to reflect on the meaning of what had just happened. He put things in context, revealed the bigger picture, and imparted eye-opening wisdom. . . . When we go from experience to experience, from Gmail to Facebook to Tumblr to YouTube, we crowd out those moments where the Spirit may have something significant to convey. We replace God-given interludes of pause, rest, and reflection with [entertaining YouTube videos].”

Craig Detweiler, iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives (Brazos, 2013), 5.

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