God Always Uses the Latest Technology
8 comments | Posted: 11 November 05 in General, by Andy Knight
Some communicate through a microphone and a platform, and then there are those like me who communicate through a keyboard, a modem, and pixels.
Whether we like it or not, spirituality is shaped by technology. Always has been. Always will be.
In the very beginning, God created people with the capacity to create, understand and communicate with language and writing. That was the highest form of technology in that day. For many, many years, God used that technology to pass along stories and songs about Himself from generation to generation to generation.
Fast forward through history a bit, and you’ll noticed that when the church was still a startup venture, the Apostle Paul connected his ministry to the most advanced forms of technology he had available to him. He used the Roman road system, the information superhighway of his day, and he used the circular letter. Today we would call the circular letter “viral marketing.” Look at the way he ended many of his letters:
- “Tell Archippus…”
- “Great Priscilla and Aquila…”
- “Greet my dear friend Epenetus…”
- “Greet Mary…”
- “Greet Andronicus and Junius…”
- “Greet Rufus…”
…and on it goes. It’s almost like putting a message on an email saying, “Please forward this message to a friend.”
In the Middle Ages when the mainstream church began to drift away from the heart of the Gospel, God used technology once again to bring her back. Since then Protestantism has shaped the church and its theology around the technology of the book. The reformers quickly saw how the technology of the book and the printing press could be used to broadly spread the message of faith. The book revolutionized the way people evangelized, taught, preached, and discipled. Think back over the discipleship experiences you’ve had. How many of those involved reading a book or the Bible? Probably 90%. That’s God using technology as a tool. For five hundred years, the book has been the highest form of technology available.
That has changed. The Internet has been mainstream now for about ten years, and it’s still in its infancy. For the first time, at least in theory, we are able to reach every person on the globe with the Gospel. God is once again using technology for His purpose.
A verse that is quickly becoming a rallying call in my life is Acts 13:36 which says “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, he died”.
I would like that epitaph written about me.
At the end of my life, I want it said about me that I served God’s purpose in my own generation, that I did the eternal in a contemporary way, that I did God’s will in a way that impacted my present culture, and that I shared a timeless Message in a timely way. We can’t jump out of the generation we are in and be transported back into the “good ol’ days,” even if there were such a a time as the “good ‘ol days.”
We are stuck in the generation we are in. And you know what, I’m happy to be stuck here. This is an exciting time to be alive and be a Christian.
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