Travin Wax has an interesting article today on technology and how it has changed our world. His examples show how the internet and social media have affected pop culture, politics, business, and religion.
His closing remarks:
We are living in the midst of a communications revolution. The only comparison that can be made is the invention of the printing press. Last time there was a communications revolution, a Reformation of the church took place. Will we see the new technology harnessed for the glory of God this time around?
I believe pastors and churches must strike a balance between embracing new technology while not putting our faith in it. We would be foolish to bury our heads in the sand and miss out on the opportunities technology provides, but we shouldn’t become mesmerized by it.
Technology has connected our world in unimaginable ways, but on a spiritual level there’s really nothing new under the sun. The deepest aspects of this world have remained constant: the nature of God, the depravity of man, the power of the Gospel, the role of the Spirit in conversion, the value of preaching, the need for prayer, the glory of the church, and the ruthless opposition of our Enemy. Our technology revolution has not changed these things in the slightest.