ReWire: Living Faithfully in a Technological World - Page 39

SESSION FIVE Session Five #TECHTALK “... for wise men of old, the cardinal problem of human life was how to conform the soul to objective reality, and the solution was wisdom, self-discipline, and virtue. For the modern, the cardinal problem is how to conform reality to the wishes of man, and the solution is a technique.” C.S. Lewis Do you realize that your parents did not have email in high school or college, instead they took typing classes and handwrote or typed letters? Do you realize that your parents only had one phone in their house growing up that was stuck on the wall? Do you realize that when your parents took pictures, they had to mail in the film and wait days until they could pick up their pictures to see them? While it is a blessing that your generation has some of the newest technologies that allow you great freedom and ease of accomplishing many tasks, it also has negative effects that Pastor Jim discussed in our talk. It can be more difficult for you to evaluate the effect of technology on your life and your relationship with God because many of the more invasive technologies have been around for most of your life. Take some time this week to ask a Christian parent, grandparent or trusted adult the following questions: 1. What piece of technology do you enjoy the most? What are the greatest benefits of the technology device and what are the greatest frustrations? 2. How have family relationships changed because of technology? The Abolition of Man 3. How have you seen technology change the way you engage with God (do your devotions, pray, study the Bible)? 4. What have you learned about maintaining a relationship with God in our hightech culture? 5. What is one thing you wish I understood about technology? 39