I Love Technology
Seriously, there's a redemptive root to our love of technology. Did you know that technology comes from two Greek words?
Tekton, meaning a craftsman. When God created the world… When God said let there be light, He was being a tekton. Jesus, through whom all things were created, was a tekton. In fact, when God became a human being and walked and worked on this planet, that's the word that was used to describe his profession. He was a tekton. "Is this not Mary's son, the tekton, sometimes translated as carpenter or stone mason. Jesus used the technology of his day. Jesus was a "techie."
The second word is logos, meaning reason or understanding or word.
The Greeks loved that word so much so that they deified it and personalized it and worshiped it.
Divine Reason, they called it.
That's why John begins his gospel with, "In the beginning (He's echoing Genesis) was the Word (Logos=Jesus) and the Word was With God and the Word was God."
We marvel at technology. The reason we are awestruck with Apple and Google and Facebook and Instagram and Snapchat and the mysteries of the cloud and what's up there…? It reflects the fact that we are made in the image of a creative God, Who one day said let there be light and there was light, and all that happens in and through Jesus, the Ultimate expression of the image of God. You cannot say technology without saying Jesus.
That being said, we have to keep in check our use of technology. Technology promises us attention, that we will always be heard and that we don't have to be alone. What does God promise in Psalm 139:1-2, 4, 7-10?
What does this comparison teach you about yourself and God?
Read Psalm 46:10a and 1 Chronicles 23:30
What is asked for in these verses?
What would be the result of such actions?
Does technology serve you, or do you serve technology?
To what extent have you noticed (or others in your life have pointed out to you) that you have started to become addicted to technology?
When during this next week can you practice a "tech-sabbath" - a day to rest from interaction with electronic devices?
On The Journey Together,