Has Technology Replaced Wisdom and Truth?

I cannot for the life of me see how any man with even the slightest knowledge of history can help recognizing the fact that we are living in a time of sad decadence. A decadence only thinly disguised by the material achievements of our age, which already are beginning to pawl on us like a new toy.” – J. Gresham Machen

Is this not the truth of our modern society?  We think ourselves to be of high stature because we have microwave ovens, GPS and Bluetooth devices.  We scour our phones and pads, searching Twitter for statements of profound truth and insight, thinking they’re perhaps weighty and of great importance simply because they are less than 2 minutes old.  And don’t even get me started on Facebook!

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So what is coming from this worldwide web of contacts and media that technology has spun?  It seems that we, in the name of advancement and global community, have greatly isolated ourselves from those who can personally know us, correct us and benefit from us (those in the church).  We still have relationships there, but they are often superficial with conversations never going deeper than the skin.  Outside the church, we’ve come to fuel our own fires by avoiding the cooling water of any who may have differing opinions.  We correct others by commenting on blogs and teach via Facebook posts all the while only allowing teachers who agree with us to speak to our own worldview or theology.  Conservatives only listen to conservatives. Arminians only hear Arminians.  And much of our attention is fixed on voices that are mostly secular and frivolous for wisdom while minimizing the one source of true truth (the written Word of our Creator).  We listen to political pundits and financial advisers who the world hold in high regard thinking they are specialists in their respective fields.  Never do we stop and ask how anyone who’s an enemy of God (according to Scripture) might possibly provide proper guidance to those whom serve the higher King, and live to fulfill His mandates.  Why?  Because their “expert” advice is readily available online and we’re in a hurry.

And, on top of all this, neither our schools nor our elders teach us to pause and think.  To take time to ponder, consider and weigh an issue.  They instead teach us react, often emotionally, and try to impress on us the need to react like they do, and to the same impetus.  How many times do we hear of something outrageous from our favorite news channel (one that agrees with our views) and immediately email or text an emotional response to someone we know (who also agrees with our views).  Why have we abandon the process of careful thought before reaction?  Whatever the reason, it can’t be good.

So what is it exactly that we as a society think we are doing?  We don’t know.  But we do know that it feeds our sinful nature while screening out those who would challenge us about it.  We also know that, thanks to the material achievements (technology) we are doing it really, really fast.  May God grant us

repentance, faith, discernment and the ability to unplug and slow down!  It’s my belief that there are many who are beginning to grow weary of this hyperspeed, emotional and thoughtless way of life and yearn for a more careful and deliberate method of Christian service.  Please allow me to encourage you to take some time thinking of how you can unplug from technology and spend more time in study and prayer.  Then go hang out with some folks that are sound believers but have a few different views than you.  This may even mean Arminians might have to visit their Calvinist neighbors (*gasp*) and vise-versa!

Is this post nothing more than rambling?  Probably not.  But I wonder… Has technology replaced wisdom and truth?  I don’t know – let me go browse my Twitter feed to see what others think…

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2 Comments on “Has Technology Replaced Wisdom and Truth?”

  1. Alan Says:

    We correct others by commenting on blogs and teach via Facebook posts all the while only allowing teachers who agree with us to speak to our own worldview or theology. Conservatives only listen to conservatives. Arminians only hear Arminians.

    And Calvinists only listen to Calvinists? Sorry, I forgot Calvinists are the only ones with all the truth. 🙂 Must be why Calvinist interpret the scriptures to affirm Calvinist doctrine rather than searching the scriptures and understanding the errors of Calvinism. Hope you can receive that.

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    • ChurchSalt Says:

      Hi Alan,
      You just had to go there, didn’t you? 🙂
      It’s easy to throw out the accusation “your looking at everything through the lens of current beliefs” but the simple fact of the matter is that’s what we all do every time we pick up Scripture. In my opinion, each and every time we study Scripture we should make a conscious and determine effort to follow the rules of hermeneutics so as to properly understand what every passage is saying in context. It’s also a good idea to understand Scripture by studying the framework it was hung on. Nowadays we like to make up all these systems of understanding the relationship between God and man when there is already a structure quiet clearly in place, we just tend to ignore it because it’s not a modern Western idea. What I’m talking about is the covenants. Once I started studying and disciplining myself in hermeneutics my views began to change (and are still changing). When I read the works of other men who agreed with my own view I didn’t learn much, but with focused study of Scripture things got switched around. The Word has a way of doing that as I’m sure you’ve noticed! When I studied covenants I then begin to understand the bigger picture of how everything fits into place.
      I’m not going to defend one position or another in the Arminian/Calvinist debate. But I will STRONGLY encourage both sides to listen to each other (the civil speakers, that is) and focus on strengthening their interpretive skills. I would think this is something that both sides could agree on. I heard of a good series on understanding Scripture being recently posted at some blog or another (*wink).

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