Technology has come a long way since the days of Jesus. While these brilliant innovations have led to many marvelous endeavors by Christians, they’ve also led to many downfalls for Christians. While we’re now able to travel the world and preach the Gospel to more people than ever before, stay in touch with distant family, and ask our spouse what’s for dinner, technology has also made it easier than ever for Satan to tempt us away from God. How can tech lead Christians astray?
Technology Leads to Alienation
Social media is an ever-present factor in modern society. Many church events or community fellowships are developed and managed through social media, but what if someone doesn’t have access to that technology or doesn’t want it? Nothing should stand in the way of our Christian duty to come together in worship. Through ways such as this, technology can lead to Christians becoming alienated from their church and worship communities; straying from the path of God becomes much easier for that Christian as a result.
Technology is Addicting
The constant need to listen to the news, be involved in the lives of people we barely know and share every second of our lives with the world is a form of addiction. We seek validation through technology, but Christians should be seeking validation through God. Imagine the spiritual growth that could come from dedicating all the time spent scrolling Twitter to studying the Bible instead. Our spiritual wellness is key to our salvation, and Christians should be weary of how much time they spend on their phones instead of their Bibles.
Technology Can be Lazy
Sometimes, the best way to communicate is face-to-face. Technology has given us the convenience of never needing to get up from our couch with such features as video calls and text messages. An example could be texting your Bible study leader to say you won’t be there tonight, as opposed to picking up the phone to explain why. Something as small as hearing your voice can make all the difference to someone.
Technology Can Lead to Sin
With such easy access to pornography and other sinful materials, it’s easy to see why any Christian could fall into temptation easily while using technology. Looking at Facebook can prompt jealousy or envy. Group chats and tabloids lead to gossip and lies. While technology didn’t invent sin, it sure has made it an easier trap for Christians to fall into.
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