Has technology changed christian lives?
Commercials claim every day that we can easily stay connected to friends and family with their 4G networks. They show images of a military dad stationed abroad, talking with his four-year-old child through the computer.
Then the screen jumps into a scene of two singles texting each other to get to know one another after meeting online.
These pictures make us think that technology has brought the whole world closer together It made it so simple for individuals to communicate.
However, instead of “call me,” people today say: “Facebook me.” Texting has even replaced emailing. Although most Christian women go online every day to “chat” via a computer, cell phone, or iPad with others, many of them still feel alone.
Why is this since communicating is supposed to be now better than ever? While numerous options allow us to type short messages, view people’s status updates and contact them from anywhere we might be, Christians are rarely talking or meeting face to face with each other
So, has technology changed christian lives? Yes!
In decades past, Christians would gather for Bible Studies, coffee, walks around the block or just chatting sessions on the front porch. Now, our ultra busy lives have been bombarded by technology. It replaces the telephone conversation or need to bare our soul to a friend.
Even though we think these needs have been done away with, it’s quite the contrary. Because we barely look into a person’s eyes as we share our heart with them or hug a friend’s neck when they tell us they’ve had a bad day, we lose the human connection.
Christians might have 400 Facebook friends, but how many of those “friends” would they even know it’s their birthday if the computer application didn’t remind them?
Before texting became so prevalent, ladies would pick up the phone and call their BFF to see how she’s doing. However, now “How R U?” and “Fine” is all that gets transferred.
So how do Christians combat this surge of technological advances and social media so that it doesn’t make them impersonal and lonely?
The first step is to create a meeting with people in person or talking with individuals a priority. Schedule it in your day planner or set your phone to remind you if necessary. Digital communication is an excellent way to be in touch when the time is limited.
However, making sure it doesn’t become the norm will allow your friends and family to know you love them. Secondly, Christians must support one another in difficult and joyous times.
Some women will not relay intimate details of a crisis over a phone or computer. They would, however, probably tell a friend over a cup of coffee.
Finally, be approachable and reach out to others. It takes effort in our society to develop deep relationships, but the results are so worth it.
So, has technology changed christian lives?
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Bible Study Scriptures: Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 18:20; Acts 2:44-47; 1 John 4:11-13; Psalm 55:14