Technology’s Growth & the Church

I recently read some statistics that reveals the tidal wave of technology that we as a culture (and church) are facing. For example…

  • The internet reached 50 million people in 5 years. In contrast, it took television 13 years to reach 50 million people and it took radio 38 years to reach 50 million people.
  • More videos were uploaded to YouTube these past two months than if ABC, CBS and NBC had all been airing new content since 1948.
  • 1 in 4 people in the world have access to the internet.

Just some simple thoughts after reflecting on these statistics:

  1. Use technology redemptively.
    So much of technology is used for mindless entertainment and even sinful activities. Model how a believer uses technology in an uplifting, edifying way. Be out front, ahead of the curve when it comes to incorporating technology in a redeeming way. Have Christ-honoring music streamed via your computer and into your home. Talk about the positive spiritual impact of a message or song on Facebook. Send someone an encouraging email. Listen to a sermon online.
  2. Use technology relationally.
    While there are limitations to relationship building and technology, technology is the communication tool of the younger generation. Yes, I agree, it would be better if they learned to talk to you one-on-one, but until that time comes learn to “speak their language.” Send a text message letting them know you’re praying for them. Write on their Facebook wall an encouraging word.
  3. Use technology reasonably.
    Understand the limitations. Occasionally people will try to communicate a sensitive matter via email. It’s difficult to discern a person’s tone and spirit through email. Most times we assume the worst of the person especially if the issue is controversial. Don’t allow an electronic form of communication to replace what should be communicated in person.

These are challenging days to navigate, but with biblical principle and discernment we can learn to utilize technology to further the Gospel and the local church.

One Response

  1. wow! thanks for sharing this! definitely agree on the area of discernment… we need a lot of it!

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