I’d like to start with something personal, so please bear it with me!
Last week, there was a youth meeting at my church and all the young people were present. We started by worshipping God, with the pastor leading the worship. Then, as we settled down, the pastor invited a newbie on the stage. The girl was giving her testimony about how she came to know and accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was previously an atheist, but one day, out of curiosity, she started looking up stuff on Jesus Christ and Christianity – she was way too shy to ask Christian people or visit a church. So, she started reading lots of articles, watched Christian movies, listened to Hillsong music and even took an unexpected interest in Biblical scriptures. All this brought her to where she was today, standing on a stage and testifying how Christ changed her life forever. But, what really surprised me was the moment she said, “Technology linked me with Christ.”
Technology is nothing new. For most of us, if not all, our day begins and ends with our mobile phones, isn’t it? Our eyes are always glued to our smartphones, we can’t live without the internet and we can’t travel anywhere without our wireless earphones. While this world has a lot to say about the advancements and improvements brought by technology, Christians always have something to say about the negative impact of technology on our faith.
I’m not denying the negativity surrounding technology, but isn’t it possible to have some kind of balance? Why don’t we, for once, recognize and appreciate the fact that God has blessed us with amazing technology that can bring us closer to Him? Why don’t we, Christians, think and act on how technology can make us better Christians?
Technology Is a Blessing? How?
The Gospel Online
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” – From Joshua 1:8
Be honest with me, okay? When was the last time you actually took the hard-cover Bible, opened it and read at least one text from it?
You see, the hardcover Bible is only opened and read when you are in the church and when you are back at home, it’s kept on a shelf or on a table and just accumulates dust until you have to the church. I’m not offending anyone; in fact, I’m included in that group. The thing is that today we are so taken up by our work, study or personal life that we don’t get the time to sit and read the Bible. However, technology allows us to remain connected with the Word of God.
Nowadays, there is an extensive range of online Bible apps (most of them are free) which allow you to read, hear and study the scripture at your own pace. Some apps even allow you to highlight Biblical texts, take notes and even share them with people you want.
And, I guess the trendiest are Bible audio apps and if you are looking for a good one, click here!
Online Praise and Worship
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” – From 1 Chronicle 16: 8
The previous lockdown was said to be very hard for Christians who yearned for the usual church’s praise and worship time. But, who said that you can’t praise and worship God at home?
In fact, there is a 24/7 Christian worship radio station designed to facilitate Christian’s experience with God. And, if you go on the net, you’ll find comprehensive resources for worship leaders, worship bands and worship teams.
[…] As a journalist student, I like to compare modern technology to the Guttenberg press. It’s just a matter of seeing and holding on to the opportunities offered by the internet, social media and smartphones. With the right technology, you can grow closer to God. Don’t believe me? Have a look at part 1! […]
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