First thing before we discuss this topic is we must clarify that we are huge advocates of the uses of technology. We are writing this post as our own personal convictions.
We get numerous posts and emails stating all the time that we have to continue to adapt to mobile and technological changes for the upcoming generation. For most of that is true, but we are coming to realize how much we are conforming to technology verses conforming our hearts to Jesus.
The bible says in John 17:14-19
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world , just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself that they also may be sanctified in truth.
Yes we alway summarize this verse as live in the world and not of the world, and for the most part that is true.
But when are we sharing the real truth of Jesus?
So many churches today are hiring huge teams to build internet campuses, mobile applications and more, but we are losing the real aspect of relationships with our people. Yes we live in a culture that is becoming more and more reliable to technology, and having all these applications are great. Most of the time, churches that create mobile applications, are only being utilized by other Christians and Pastors around the world. But take a second to look at the real world we live in.
Look at some of these numbers.
Nearly 1 billion people in the world live on less than one American Dollar a day
Another 2.5 billion people in the world live on less than two America dollars a day.
1.6 billion people in the world have no electricity
Nearly one billion people in the world cannot read or sign their name.
Every seven seconds, somewhere in the world a child under age five dies of hunger, while Americans throw away 14 percent of the food we purchase.
Where are their Blackberry’s? Computer’s? or any mobile devices?
We are spending thousands of dollars on technology in our church to conform to technological culture while people are falling of the earth by the second. And to top it off we are acting as ring masters to a circus of our own Christians.
We are called to be disciples of Christ. We feel in the American Church today, we are far from this. We rely on so many aspects of technology to reach out to people, we have lost touch of what it is like to have a real relationship with someone. (Inviting someone to our homes, giving freely to someone on the streets, etc)
Technology is becoming our lazy antidote to manage relationships with people in a world that makes it acceptable. It is so easy to hide your real feelings behind a mobile device, verses standing face to face of someone that really loves and cares about you. The more we allow people to hide, the more easy it is for them to fall into darkness. In case you don’t know the web and mobile world is filled with more darkness than light.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. There is no other way. We need to stop making Technology our God and start putting Jesus first. It has to stop being “Jesus plus this and Jesus plus that.”
Jesus clearly said “love one another as I have loved you.” “Love” is universal. More powerful than any form of technology on the market. It can save the poor, the starving, the rich, and so many more. Try it. People are hurting in this world and they need Jesus more than anything to save them.
Here are some questions that leave us pondering.
With the money we spend trying to make church applications and other advances, how could we use that to reach out to the billions that have no electricity, no money, or no food?
How can we use technology, but prioritize real relationships first?