There is no doubt that great technological advancements have been made in recent decades. From the smartphone to laptops, technology has advanced at an incredible rate. Along with these advancements have come many dangers. Many people are addicted to their phone or e-mail or video games, causing them to withdraw and isolate themselves. According to the USA today, 3,092 people were killed in car crashes as a result of talking on their phone or texting while driving. Nearly 1/5 of American men admit to being tempted to view pornography online (Barna study). Other examples could be cited, but these two demonstrate the physical and moral/spiritual dangers represented by technology. If people are not careful, they can become consumed or injured or corrupted by technology.
On the other hand, technology can be positive. It helps people stay connected (though some may argue that those “connections” are not genuine). It gives people access to large amounts of information. It helps many people be more productive. It can even help Christians become more knowledgeable about God’s Word. There are a number of good websites and apps to help people understand God’s Word. I am actually going to show my students some of these websites and apps tomorrow night at church in an attempt to assist them in their study of God’s Word (I will provide a list of some of my favorite sites and apps tomorrow). In this regard, technology is beneficial.
So, technology can cause harm, but it can also be used for good. It really depends on how you use it. If you allow it to enslave you or lead you into temptation, it can be a curse. Recognize your tendency to become consumed with technology or the great temptation that technology provides, and take the necessary precautions to avoid falling into sin. If you use it to develop solid relationships and deepen your understanding of God’s Word, it can be a blessing. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do (including technology), do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV).