Or more accurately, “The lie about technology.”
I prefer to live with creature comforts, but I think it might also be a dangerous thing to be so comfortable. There’s a saying that’s true, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
Most of technology is meant to simplify our lives, our jobs, our communication with others, but in reality, it isolates us from being face-to-face with real people.
Think about it:
The invention of the phone was great because people could communicate with friends and family who lived some distance from them.
Now, we use our phones to text our neighbor to see if they’re home so we can borrow a stick of butter.
When video or online games first came out, it was a blessing for mom’s with little boys because it gave their little guys a way to improve their hand, eye coordination.
Today, I work with parents of young adult men who still live at home and have barricaded themselves in their bedrooms, spending hours upon hours playing with imaginary or long-distance gamers whom they’ve never met, and whom they may never want to be friends with if they met them in person.
Facebook is a wonderful way to touch base with classmates, relatives and others who you’ve lost touch with, and/or, who live far away, but after watching and reading trends on this social network for a few years, I see a disturbing trend in all ages groups.
Instead of communicating about things that matter to us, we get addicted to FB games. We “like” and “share” every business, every chef, and every funny, heart-warming picture and video.
I’m not pointing fingers. I’ve done the same thing, but why do we do that? Do we play the FB games as a distraction, to save us from boredom? Do we spend THAT much time looking for something on FB that makes us laugh, cry or care about?
Many of you who read this, will poo-poo what I’m saying. In fact, you’ll accuse me for feeling this way because I’m “older.”
Well, I AM older and I’m also WISER than I was when I was young.
Most people don’t operate in the extreme examples that I’ve used, but the struff I’m writing about, are my observations as I contemplate how to best reach people with whom I want to share God’s truth.
Even if you who don’t live in the extreme, do you see how through technology, your life has become a bit removed from reality and the closeness of being with people face to face?
God’s word tells about this time in history when information would increase.
Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Hmm. That would be true of our generation.
People do travel quite easily using several different modes of operation like the first of the verse says and I want to discuss that, but another time. Not this time.
The last part of the verse talks about knowledge increasing. That’s definitely true of our generation. While technology has improved and increased the number of ways in which we can communicate, are we communicating the “right” things?
I’d say that we (the whole group of us), bought into the lie that technology would make our lives better. In buying into the lie though, it’s also made us greedy for the latest app, the newest phone, and the latest version of IPad.
So now, in addition to being isolated, we’ve become greedy and self-important. Bet you never thought those things about yourself.
It’s okay. In fact, technology is a wonderful way to share “real” and meaningful information. It’s a way to band together for a good cause; a way to share truth with people; a way to challenge each other in their daily walk of life, and yes, to share some laughs too.
I’m challenging my friends and family to be transparent. Share the truth with others. It is our best defense against the evil one who rules by lies.
James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.