Many times, we’re told that technology can be a hindrance to our faith. It’s true. It can be a concern for some people, and something worth watching in our day-to-day lives, but it can also be something to better connect us to a community of believers around us, and to God, if we use it wisely.
Technology is okay in faith, and while there are times and places for us to put away our smart phones and tablets, we can also use them to hold ourselves accountable in our faith. Daily technology keeps us in close contact with people we care about.
So, how can we translate that to prayer requests and building strong Christian communities? Technology keeps a conversation on faith ongoing everywhere—on Facebook, Twitter, and more. We have ample opportunities to be lights for the Lord without being “over the top.” How can we use these outlets as mission opportunities?
In “The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion,” Tim Challies writes that “Technology is a good, God-given gift. Created in God's image, we have a mandate and a desire to create technology. Technology is the creative activity of using tools to shape God's creation for practical purposes.”
Technology doesn’t have to be a necessary evil of our world. Instead, let’s find a way to integrate it into our lives in a way that supplements our faith and glorifies God.