“And he built structures on the walls of Jerusalem, designed by experts to protect those who shot arrows and hurled large stones from the towers and the corners of the wall. His fame spread far and wide, for the Lord gave him marvelous help, and he became very powerful.” – 2 Chronicles 26:15.
Many Christians remain perplexed about modern technology. New iPhones and social media platforms, self-driving cars, and huge engineering projects all prove that human innovation is not slowing down for anyone.
Technology has played a big role in our lives, and as it continues to evolve, it will only become more popular. So, it is your responsibility to stay up-to-date with technology and use it for good. Technology is not the problem, how we use it is. The way we choose to use it and how often determines if it’s good or bad, and helpful or harmful.
Is it bad to spend all that time staring at those high-resolution glossy screens? Studies indicate too much technology can sometimes be a bad thing but there is another side to that coin: The use of computers and smartphones allows us to communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world, in seconds. If you don’t have time to run to the bank or the post office to pay a bill, no problem. Online banking allows you to pay bills, transfer money, and even deposit checks now. And most importantly, the technology in your hand can help you grow closer to God and other people. Technology can be a helpful tool in your Christian life.
For example, Christians have unbelievable access to resources today when studying the Bible. You can look up different translations, definitions, and commentaries to help you get more out of a Bible reading. You can also use the internet to listen to sermons or podcasts that enrich your life. Technology makes us worship God’s wisdom: It’s God’s mind that conceived computers, radio waves, fiber optics, light, electricity, magnetism, space travel, rocket fuel, etc. Behind every good invention and ingenious design is The Inventor and the Designer.
Technology makes us worship God’s power: It’s mind-blowing to think of the amount of energy that technology uses every day and yet that’s a microscopic portion of God’s great power.
The story of God’s glory is still unfolding regardless of the technology around us. Whether talking about developers inventing new apps in a data center, automated manufacturing robots churning out electric cars, or the eager consumers of these new products and services, human technology serves God’s final purpose for His creation. Science and technology exist by God, through God, and for God. His glory is reflected in every technological advancement.
Technology and smartphones need not be a source of distraction in our lives. Like just about everything else in the world, they can serve as a tool… if we use them well.
- How can modern technology’s instant gratification, and distractions distort the life God wants us to experience? Where do these things specifically threaten our walk as Christians?
- Technology can distort our sense of significance and offer a weak substitute for meeting our needs apart from God. How can we protect our primary pursuit of God while utilizing tech for its many advantages? In what ways can tech be used to bolster our pursuit of God? Have you seen tech benefit your walk with God in any significant ways?