Ephesians 5:15-16 sum up the call for Christians to live wisely in the world. To be wise is “to discern what is pleasing to the Lord,” sounded out earlier in verse 9. Nothing pleases the Lord more than that we love him and love others (Mark 12:29-31). But the world does not make it easy for us to do so. That is why “the days are evil.”
Among the things in the world that can distract us from loving God and others is technology. Technology in the hands of fallen humans can be destructive rather than constructive. Paper-less, wire-less, or cable-less may be good. But in the progress of more “-less,” we may end up being moral-less and god-less. We cannot use technology unthinkingly. For it shapes the way we relate to the world, to others, and to God. For better or worse.
Still, technology is God’s gift to humans. When God charged the first humans to be fruitful and multiply, to work and keep the garden, tools (technology) were needed to build community, city and civilization. From the beginning, God has in mind for humans to use technology. It was needed then. It still is today.
But we need to be wise in the way we employ technology. In this REACH, we talk about the way we are harnessing technology to lead youth to love God and others.