Technology slowly and stealthily crept into our lives at first. Then it came like a bullet train hurtling out of control. When it derails there’ll be no stopping the fall out. I have a love/hate relationship with it.
I love my e-reader but I miss books, the feel and smell of them. I don’t miss storing them though. I love how handy my phone camera is. The photos I’ve taken in the last decade are etched on glass discs and stored in a cloud somewhere. A cloud. I have to have a computer to view them. I like that picture CD’s hold hundreds of photos and dozens of CD’s fit into one streamlined case. Still there is something I miss about freshly developed glossy photos and putting them into an album. Even as I love the quality of life that some of man’s expertise has wrought, I abhor the hold techie life has on me and the world. When did I start freaking out if my cell phone isn’t with me, at all times? Love/hate.
By now you’ve figured out that I’m an older individual, one of the many forced into learning and living in this strange way. Folks my age remember life without all of this stuff…thank goodness! I don’t dare start on some of the advancement mankind has made. How far is too far? To what end will we continue in technological conquest? I’m not sure what the ultimate goal is. Is it to eradicate disease so we can live longer in an economically crippled state? Or diabolically worse… to create disease? Is it to create human life in a vial all the while creating new ways to end that which is natural? Is it to create better war machines? Or is it to have total control…operating everything remotely from behind a panel of computer screens? Is the idea to live to the fullest here on earth because it’s trendy to believe that this life is all there is? What tragic sorrow, what empty conviction! I hold to the belief that prideful, willful man is still trying to prove that God doesn’t exist. Man loves to think he has all the answers. He longs for the youthful eternal in these fragile temporal jars of clay we we’re born in. He loves being alive and vibrant but hates and denies the only way he can achieve an eternity worth living.
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-19 NIV)
God is in control of this vast creation of His. He doesn’t need to prove Himself yet I see His existence daily. Just look at the dawn sky, painted with pink clouds as the sun takes over the night. God doesn’t need technology, believe it or not He doesn’t need us but…He wants us. He loved us enough to step down from perfection in the form of His Son, willingly joining our turmoil, meeting us where we are, to save us. Jesus is a love/love relationship, in Him there is no hate! We’re the ones that harbor hate and choose to disbelieve. To turn our back on truth. You’ll find no peace living as if there is no consequence. You’ll find no joy in living at the mercy of technological grandeur. With all its supposed superior way, it doesn’t hold the answers.
I’m afraid I’ll rue the day I gave into this modernized know-how. Rumors of infrastructural war loom. My grandchildren’s generation won’t be able to function without it. What chance do they stand if the power grid is taken out? I can’t imagine it now even at my age! I’ve watched too many movies on my hi-def flat screen TV that does everything but pop the corn. I’d grieve the loss of those life moments held captive on a shiny disc where all I’d see is my own reflection. I’d long for the company of a good book that’s trapped behind the cold glass of an e-reader gone dead.
One real life paper pages bound and covered book I suggest you keep on hand? The Holy Bible. It’s the only resource we need in preparation for the last days…God is the Alpha and the Omega. (Rev. 1:8; Rev. 21:6; Rev. 22:13)