Welcome to the first post in the series, Faith Hub: Where God and Technology Connect. As we begin to discuss this topic, the first approach today is what the Bible says about technology and media. Where do faith and technology connect?
What does the Bible say about technology and media?
Obviously the time period in which the Bible was written held no knowledge of the modern media devices and access that we have today. Adam didn’t really tweet on the 8th day (I know you are totally surprised by that.) What we can learn from the Bible about how to use technology and social media stems from the Biblical principles of responsibility and stewardship, as well as the instruction to “Go into all the world.”
This week, let’s look at 3 basic Biblical principles that will assist us in comprehending what the Christian’s approach to technology and media usage should look like.
1. Every Christian is accountable to God for his time, talents, and treasure.
In Matthew 25, we find the Parable of the Talents- the story of a master giving his servants responsibilities according to their abilities. The story explains that the master held his servants accountable for the money he had given to them and desired returns on his personal investments in each servant. Jesus explains at the end of the parable that his servants should have no different expectations. Every Christian is accountable to God for his time, talents, and treasure. If technology and media usage is available for your use, then God wants you to use that gift for your growth and His glory. Every individual will have a different accountability to God with their technology and media usage according to the ability God has given to them. (Romans 14:12)
2. Using technology and media for Christian growth and God’s glory is imperative because of its availability.
Paul spoke to the church at Ephesus about the urgency of walking through whatever doors God had opened for them.
“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Eph. 5:15&16 (NIV)
“Making the most of every opportunity” tells us that regardless of the time period or the technological advances, if the opportunity is available, then accountability is inevitable. This principle applies to the church as a whole and to individual Christians. Our generation will be held accountable to God for the gift of modern technology and our usage of it.
“Every opportunity” prompts me to ask myself a few questions:
1. What opportunities are available to me to use technology and media for my growth and God’s glory?
2. Am I using those opportunities to the best of my abilities?
3. Is God receiving the glory for my technology and media usage, whether it is a Facebook status, tweet, or post?
3. Modern technology and media provides a vast scope of accessibility to spread God’s love and His plan of salvation to the entire world. Consider these facts:
71% of adults in the US use Facebook.
Google conducts 3.5 billion searches per day.
57% of the world has internet access; over 1/2 of the world can potentially be reached through the internet.
What thoughts do these points spark in your mind about creating and managing your own faith hub where God and technology connect, both individually and within your own local body of believers?