Technology Isn’t the Problem; How Christians Use Technology Is the Problem

Technology can help make disciples around the globe, but it’s up to us to use it wisely.

From John Greco, InTouch Ministries – 

Streaming video, podcasts, and eBooks allow anyone to sit at the feet of some of the world’s greatest Bible teachers. Some, however, will be tempted to forego their local church community when the busyness of life creeps in. They may even rationalize their choice, knowing that their pastor’s sermons can’t live up to those of their favorite online teachers. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram connect us to the encouragement of friends and family, but social media also makes it possible for “friends” to never speak or see one another.

Community is as much a need for Jesus’ followers as ever, but technology can fool us into thinking it’s now less than necessary or can lead us in the wrong direction, tricking us with a counterfeit type of community. Today we can be completely in sync with the surrounding culture while living completely alone. But Jesus makes no provision for His followers to do life on their own.

Though I don’t believe it’s necessary to go off-grid, I also don’t believe we need to be blown about by every technological wind. In fact, technology isn’t the problem; how we interact with it is what matters. It’s tempting to see the issues involved as all or nothing, but there’s a middle road to take, and it passes straight through the New Testament.

Chris Eller‘s insight:
A fair warning for those hoping to use technology in the process of making disciples. Discipleship is the transfer of biblical knowledge, convictions, values, and character within the boundaries of relationship. While the world we live in today is more “connected” than ever, technology can provide a false sense of community. Social media allows us to have a sense of community, yet in truth, we are living life alone. This is not the biblical model for discipleship.

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