I know our lives are greatly helped by the amount of technology we have at our disposal. And yet I often wonder if technology sometimes weakens our faith.
I can remember a time when we didn’t have cell phones and we wondered if a loved one arrived at their destination safely. How easy it is now to text or call to see if that someone is okay. Before cell phones, we would have to challenge ourselves to fend off the temptation of worry by pursuing patience, trust, and peace in God.
The world-wide web easily connects us with friends and family across the country or around the world. Blogs, websites, and social media make it easy to see pictures, videos, or updates about those we care about. But we only see what others want us to see. Here is something I often wonder about: If we are assured that those we know are okay by what is perceived on-line, then we might not ever take the time to actually talk to them on the phone or in person. Technology is a blessing but it has another side. It can have negative side-effects that could include lack of communication. I know technology is supposed to enhance our communication but I’m surprised by thinking about the ways it could actually inhibit our communication and furthermore, fellowship.
What about the many other ways technology has influenced our lives? I’m sure many people have written a lot about this topic. I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer for everyone. I think it’s just something that is important to be aware of. Think about what role technology has in your life. See if it’s taking anything away from you. It doesn’t have to be allowed to do that.
I’m not saying technology is all bad. I’m just saying that I think it has affected so many things in our lives that we need to be careful how far it has gone. We wouldn’t want to be deprived of valuable opportunities to trust God and to grow in faith and fellowship.