More Pitfalls To Avoid In Our Digital Behavior:
(Continued from the previous post)
4. Poor stewardship of money brought on by internet pursuits
The dawn of e-commerce makes purchasing almost anything as easy as pointing and clicking. From the ease of amazon’s “one click” option to the excitement of an E-Bay auction, the potential to develop spendthrift habits is immense. The world wide web may become an accomplice to covetousness and poor stewardship if one is not careful.
5. Neglecting real friendships in favor of virtual ones
Recently I encountered a situation where a married Christian couple was so immersed in online gaming that they neglected their attendance at the local church and fellowship with other saints. The husband especially seemed to prefer interacting with strangers that he joined in a cyber-colony for collective game playing. It is possible that we may spend so much time on social media sites that we forget the importance of cultivating real life friends in the physical world.
6. Digital snobbery against our brethren
There exists the real possibility of a digital divide between members of a local church who are wired and those who are unfamiliar with new technology. Beware of thinking less of other believers who are untutored – or uninterested – in life online. In the Scripture, the Lord consistently honors older saints and highlights their value in light of their maturity and experience. Despite possible ignorance of modern technology, older saints must not be despised. For that matter, among any age group, those who use technology ought not to devalue the service and contributions of saints who are unplugged.
7. The exaltation of form over substance (aesthetics trumps truth)
With the dynamic nature of new electronic tools such as Powerpoint and flashy websites, there is the danger of elevating how something looks or sounds at the expense of quality material. Substance is still the key. Doctrine must be the central focus, rather than presentation. Do we rest in the sufficiency of God and His Word or are we obsessed with the latest gadgets, widgets, and cyber-pyrotechnics? Technology is no substitute for the power of the Spirit exhibited in the Holy Scriptures.
The next post in this series considers the Church’s ongoing mission in the Digital Age.
This series of four posts are based on Keith Keyser’s final keynote address at the recent Why We Web Conference.