“Busy, busy, busy”, is the cry in America today. Places to go and people to see, and little time to do it. How do we slow our lives down just a little bit? There have been many books written on the subject of “slowing our lives down”, but it doesn’t seem to help. Why? I believe if we take a close hard look at our lives, we will find some of the answers. I believe one of the biggest answers lies with our culture and modern technology.
Most of Americans benefit from modern technology. The benefits have a wide range, whether it’s a washer and dryer or a pencil sharpener. Could it be that modern technology is a great evil in our society today? Before you think I want to take us back to the 15th century, I would like to say I am grateful for some of the technology that has come our way. Sounds contradictory to you? Let me explain.
First, we must ask the question: “What is the purpose of modern technology?” Besides making our lives easier, it is suppose to save us time. Think about it. Doing laundry years ago was a real chore. The women would have to gather the water and heat it. Then they would get their washer-board and scrub. Don’t forget about rinsing and drying the clothes. It was an all day process. But today, in about an hour, one load of laundry is done. Look at all the time that is saved, and we still complain about doing laundry. Think of your kitchen; almost everything there is designed to save time. What about grocery shopping? Imagine raising a chicken, then killing it, and pulling the feathers off just to get started cooking. Want something to drink? Go milk the cow, or walk to the well for water. As you can see, modern technology is supposed to make our lives much easier. But, could it be that it only makes our lives more complicated?
Now that we have all this “free time”, what are we supposed to do? With all that saved time, we have a chance to spend our time on what we love. But, as Christians, do we? People will spend their time on what they love to do. What does that say about the person with no time to spend with the Lord? Remember these modern technologies are supposed to let us spend more time with what we love. If we don’t love the things of God, then what does that say of us? (2 Timothy 3:2-5)
Unfortunately, along with useful advances come harmful ones. I would like to present these harmful ones as idols. Idols? Isn’t that being ridiculous? Probably, considering these are worse than idols. These idols actually need our time and focus. They are no longer a little rabbit’s foot that we hope does something for us. We have a relationship with these idols, and they have replaced God in our lives.
What are some of these idols? I think it would be wrong for me to label one particular thing, but you know what takes up your time. What’s worse is that we not only spend time with our idols, we work over-time or have our wives take a job, all in an effort to serve our idols. Our society is reaping the destruction of our worship. Divorce, rebellious children, and violence are everywhere today. I believe it is all because of our idols and what they have replaced: God and family. (Psalms 106:34-40) We need to repent of our idols and replace them. With what are we going to replace them? Well, lets start with prayer. If you don’t know what to do with your time, or you’re bored, then PRAY! The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. (1 Thes. 5:17) What about the great commission? (Matt. 28:19-20) Where is our witness and discipleship? Those would be enough to fill our time, but there is more. Here is a big one for parents, train up a child in the way he should go. (Prov. 22:6) Wow, that is a tough one, and no vacations from that one. Don’t forget about the Church. We are to serve one another with gladness. (Gal. 5:13) If you still find yourself with a lot of free time, pull your Bible out and study it. (2 Tim 2:15) As you can see, we have a lot of things to do and little time to do it. These are just a few of the things we should be doing with our time. Doing what God says shouldn’t leave time for idols or ourselves. Our focus would be on others, just like Christ’s was. What a revelation, to be more like Christ and to be separated from this world and its idols.
It is very obvious we have a lot to do with our time. (Eph. 5:16) I believe it comes down to a matter of love. Are we willing to give up some of the pleasures of this life so we can do what the Father wants? Are we willing to take away every distraction and provision for flesh! (Rom. 13:14) How much do we really want to do the work of the Lord? To try to enjoy both the world and Christ is a slap in His face. (James 4:4) Separate yourself from this world and its desires!
I know this article sounds harsh, but I want us to look at where our heart and desires are located. Are they with Christ or with the world? If it is with the world, then repentance is needed. It is so easy in our culture (America) to become complacent and think every thing is all right. The Laodicean Church thought they were just fine, and we know they were not. (Rev. 3:14-19) I believe we need to do a little heart check. Go pray and ask the Lord to show you your heart and where it lies. Modern Technology may not be “the great evil”, but it sure has helped evil along quite well.