When It Comes To Technology, Proceed With Caution


I haven't been paying much attention to the hoop-la surrounding the upcoming Royal Wedding. But I did see the post about the 18-year-old member of the Royal Guard who wrote a few disparaging things about Kate Middleton and was relieved of his duties for the wedding. If you missed the story, here it is.

This story reminds me that we Christians should have a careful relationship with technology. On the one hand, I believe that the development of technology is a wonderful thing. It is a way we use a variety of God's gifts to us. Our ability to reason, the orderliness of God's universe to behave according to certain laws -- these gifts and others make the development of technology instructive, joyful, and fun.

However, technology too is stained by original sin, which is our desire to "become as God." Lovers of technology can become worshippers of technology. The unbridled use of technology can turn us into tyrants and ideologues. Neil Postman's book, Amusing Ourselves To Death, is an excellent place to start to examine these ideas.  To see some of Postman's ideas in artful action, see Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World or Steven Spielberg's movie Minority Report.

Janie B. Cheaney has an interesting take on the current trend to technologize the Bible. Bible apps, Bible software, Bible this and Bible that. These tools can be helpful, but they do not replace the diligent (and reverential) study of the Bible as God's word, made plain (or at least plainer) to us by the work of the Holy Spirit. Read her piece here.

One of our first technological discoveries, fire, teaches us that all of man's innovations have the power to both empower and to destroy. No matter how technologically sophisticated we get, it's important to remember that there is indeed nothing new under God's fiery sun.


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