Last Thursday in chapel, a moderated Staff and Faculty Panel discussed the issue of technology and how it effects our lives. For a modern student body that uses text messaging, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube as naturally as they would use their own limbs, the ideas presented were challenging thought-provoking.
Things to Ponder
Here are a few of the ideas and questions presented by members of the panel.
- For good or evil, technology is the means by which we change the world. We reflect the image of God when we shape our culture.
- A positive aspect of using technology is that it makes a way for relationship that would not have been possible without the use of social media. A negative aspect of using technology is that if we didn't have it, I would think that my wife is the most beautiful woman in the world.
- Facebook encourages intimacy, and I don't believe we are called to intimacy with every one in our social circle.
- Is this something I should dwell on (Philippians 4:8) ? Is this enforcing my passivity or enhancing my actions?
- Does it master me?
- What is its primary use? (Exercise, Entertainment, Study, Communication, etc.) Are these uses contribuing to my ability to live out my relationships with others and, more importantly, how does it affect my relationship with God?
- Every gift comes at a cost. What am I giving up for the gift of Technology? Time/Money/Energy?
- Technology is sold to us as 'Utopian'. It makes your life better. But every Utopian offer compromises the ultimate Utopian Gift, and I don't want to trade down.
Chances are you've thought about the issue of technology and its effect on the Church and individuals. Maybe one of the thoughts or questions presented here have you thinking. Either way, we're interested to hear what you think! What are your thoughts on the matter?
Listen to the Panel Discussion
The audio recording is available online, so check it out for yourself!
Members of the Panel
The discussion panel was comprised of Professor Stan Campbell, Counselor Lisa Wold, Dr. Debbie Miller, Dr. Ray Lubeck, Dr. Rob Hildebrand, with Professor Karen Fancher acting as discussion facilitator.