The 70s and 80s was a great time to grow up. Video games were being introduced for the first time. It was the golden age of gaming and I had a front row seat.
One Christmas morning in the 1970s I received a simple, handheld electronic basketball game. The game featured a little blinking red dot – more of a dash really – that you had to maneuver through other red dashes until you had an open shot to the goal. The dashes could only move around a fixed grid, and the “screen” was painted with the lines of a basketball court.
Ancient by today’s standards, but back in the day it was cutting edge technology – and I loved every minute of it. I played that game for hours on end.
Several years later, on another Christmas morning, I received an Atari 2600 game console. It was at this precise moment that I became an addict. For years to come I would play endless hours of Atari games, and when I wasn’t playing Atari, I was either talking or dreaming about Atari.
Eventually I grew up, went to college and left my games behind. No longer did I have the time or even the desire to play with such childish things.
Fast forward to the summer of 2010 when I became the proud owner of a brand new Android phone… the Droid X. Once again I became enchanted with the cutting edge technology that I held in my hand.
A couple of months later Angry Birds was released for Android… I installed it the day it was released. Why not? It was free!
They say an addict is never really cured. I thought my addiction to gaming was long gone… but at that very moment the addiction returned. In the months ahead I would
spend waste ever more time playing.
It became clear that I had a problem. Angry Birds and the other games on my phone were not an innocent distraction… the games were robbing me of precious time. Time with my family, time with my friends, and worst of all… time with my Lord and Savior.
Eventually I worked up the courage to confess my addiction to the guys in my accountability group. Their advice was radical…. delete the games. What? Delete the Birds? Yes… go cold turkey (sorry, bad pun) and delete the Birds.
It wasn’t easy, but right there in front of my accountability group I deleted all of the games from my phone. Yes, the Birds are still angry… but now I have that wasted time back to use in ways that are infinitely more important.
Are there any birds in your life that need to be deleted?Read More
No other generation has had access to as many tools and resources as believers do today. This is especially true in the English language.
Many Christian homes have more Bibles than people. Concordances, lexicons, dictionaries, atlases, and commentaries fill our bookshelves. Many of these tools have been digitalized and made available as computer programs or over the internet.
With the advent of mobile “smartphones” wirelessly connected to the internet there is an inconceivable amount of information that can be accessed at anytime and anywhere. One can even fact-check a preacher in real time without ever leaving the pew!
An Alarming Paradox.
Unfortunately no other generation of believers have been as unacquainted with the scriptures as ours. Walk up to the average Christian at the average church and ask a few mildly challenging questions. Who is the first man? Who is the second man? 1 Cor. 15:45-48. Or, what is meant by the term justification? More often than not you will be met with a blank stare and a quick change of subjects.
How Can This Be?
Have we become more fascinated with the tools than we are with the purpose of the tools? Are we more fascinated with technology than with the Author of the scriptures? This should not be, and yet I know that I have been guilty of this all too often.
God’s Word must be paramount, not the technology. Such tools exist to help us. May we always be mindful of their proper place; otherwise the very tools that were meant to help will become the greatest of hindrances.Read More
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Hebrews 11:8-10
God gave Abraham a command, “to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance.” In faith, the Scriptures tell us, he obeyed the command of God. He went.
In a similar fashion, God has given each of us a command. “But now, [God] commands all people everywhere to repent” Acts 17:30. Therefore, today, everyone is faced with the same decision like Abraham faced… to obey God’s command or not. I grappled with this decision… do I really need to repent? Am I that bad? As I considered these questions in the light of His word it became clear. God is right, I am a sinner… in faith I must go to the cross of Calvary and repent. (Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:30, Romans 3:23) Have you spent time seriously considering God’s command to repent?
Abraham was a sojourner.
As a result of Abraham’s obedience he left the familiarity of his homeland. He traveled as a stranger in a foreign land. He lived in tents, representing the transient nature of his life.
Today, those who truly obey God’s command to repent find themselves sojourning in a strange and foreign land. A world that has rejected the one true God, rejected His commands, and rejected His Son, Jesus Christ.
Are you a sojourner?
The modern world in which we live is fast paced and interconnected. Facebook, Twitter, smartphones, iPads and Androids. Instantaneous information 24 hours a day. Overwhelming and addicting at the same time. Some dropout, vowing never to touch a computer. Others have gone to the opposite extreme… checking their email before getting out of bed in the morning or ducking into a bathroom during the day to get a quick fix of Facebook. They have become digital junkies.
The purpose of this blog is to help the modern Christian in finding a healthy balance somewhere between the two extremes. How can we use technology to help us in the journey, without it becoming a false god? How can we use modern technology to glorify God?
So, welcome to the Digital Sojourner. Lord willing, and with God’s help some of the regular postings you can expect here are:
- Reviews of helpful websites & software
- Bible commentary
- Simple how-to articles
- Accountability in a digital world
- Stewardship of resources
- Interviews with fellow digital sojourners
- Jottings… short quotes and thoughts
Today, the journey begins… pray that the Lord will use this blog to aid His people, and to bring glory to His name.Read More