Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
I’m not anti-technology. I don’t leave home without a smart phone, and can’t remember how I used to live before the emergence of the internet. If we lived 100 years ago my wife would have died in child birth, but medical technology saved her and our twin sons. I’m mesmerized by the fact that people can live for months at a time on a space station that orbits planet earth, and people are talking about sending 3D printers to Mars so that people can build the structures needed to live on a distant planet using the raw materials located there. Technology is cool, and I’m glad to use it in many parts of my life. I’m also excited when I see technology being used by organizations like Lutheran Bible Translators to share God’s Word in new and creative ways across the globe. Technology is a great gift!
Technology isn’t life however, and there are things that technology cannot replace. Technology has its limits. I don’t know if technology has made us better husbands and wives, or not. I’m not sure I’m a better dad because of technology. I definitely know that some technology has gone in the wrong direction and produces things that are unhealthy for human existence. Moral questions abound. Just because we CAN doesn’t mean that we SHOULD. Designer babies, pornography, and cyber-bullying are a few of the examples of how technology can cross important lines in negative ways.
Technology without a moral code is dangerous. Technology without reflective thinking is just plain stupid. Solomon in all his wisdom puts technology in perspective in Proverbs 3:5-6. Human thought is always best when it’s subservient to the wisdom of God. Used in arrogance and for humanity’s self-interest, technology can be a huge mistake. Used in its proper place and for the glory of God, technology can be a wonderful gift. This takes wisdom.
Dear Jesus, You alone are wise and good. Lead us into the future. Amen.