We can’t reverse time. “Digital” is a part of life today.
Tim Challies’ book, “The Next Story” is a call to take a step back to understand the implications of technology that has entered (invaded) our lives. It is a call not to throw away technology but to enter in with eyes wide open, to be wise and understand.
Technology attempts to solve a problem. Every technology comes with a price.
What is its unexpected consequence?
What is its shape? Mould?
How is it shaping us?
We need to find the sweet spot
– Theory: understand its nature
– Theology: how God sees it
– Experience: reflect
What is the Normal -> Shift -> New Normal?
Like money, technology is neutral
It behaves under subjection to the one who wields it
Technology is an Enabler of Existing Idols
The Shift from Words to Images
From thinking, process to feelings, instant
Tech touches how we relate
Before the fall, there was no need for a mediator.
God spoke to man face-to-face
Adam and Eve spoke face-to-face
Face-to-face communications is multi-dimensional
(not just text or images but gestures…)
Mediate = the come between
Christ is the Come-Between,
Christ is Incarnate so we can see, touch…
Avatar (watch the movie)… Dis-Incarnates
Drives the belief that I can be anything outside of this body… the old pantheism
The driver behind social media/WhatsApp… the illusion that we can have deep relationships…
Massive implications to how we relate, parenting, marriage, how we do church…
1. Info vs wisdom
2. Memories (outsourced)
3. Authority (it’s the leveller of power)
4. Truth (who’s truth?)
5. Privacy (digital footprints cannot be erased)
6. Big Data/Algorithms (we are valuable because we are numbers)
What does this all mean? What are its implications? Applications?