What a challenge from God’s eternal Word this past Sunday as we examined technology and our need to make the “best use of the time” from Ephesians 5:15-17.
In 1 Timothy 6:10, God tells us that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” It is important to note that money is not the root of all evil, but the love of money. This shows us that money is a tool that may be used for the glory of God or for our own glory and the subsequent sin. Similarly, technology is a tool that may be used for the glory of God or a portal for the deepest of sins.
This tool also comes with a unique challenge in that it has such a tremendous capacity for feeding our temptation for distraction. The inherent problem is that distraction doesn’t exist in a vacuum. We are allowing ourselves to be distracted from God Himself. As John Bloom says:
“Our fundamental and most dangerous problem in distraction is in being distracted from God — our tendency to shift our attention orientation from the greatest Object in existence to countless lesser ones. The Bible calls this idolatry.”https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/lord-deliver-me-from-distraction
So the question becomes, “What can I do about this issue?” Andy Crouch gives us some helpful tips in his list of “Ten Tech-Wise Commitments”
- We develop wisdom and courage together as a family.
- We want to create more than we consume. So we fill the center of our home with things that reward skill and active engagement.
- We are designed for a rhythm of work and rest. So one hour a day, one day a week, and one week a year, we turn off our devices and worship, feast, play and rest together.
- We wake up before our devices do, and they “go to bed” before we do.
- We aim for “no screens before double digits” at school and at home.
- We use screens for a purpose, and we use them together, rather than using them aimlessly and alone.
- Car time is conversation time.
- Spouses have one another’s passwords, and parents have total access to children’s devices.
- We learn to sing together, rather than letting recorded and amplified music take over our lives and worship.
- We show up in person for the big events of life. We learn how to be human by being fully present at our moments of greatest vulnerability. We hope to die in one another’s arms.