This is the tenth chapter of my chapter-by-chapter review of John Dyer’s “From the Garden to the City.” You can read my other posts here.
Plenty of forms of technology have claimed to be the end all.
Hiram Maxim thought the machine gun would “make war impossible.” Alfred Nobel assumed that dynamite would “sooner lead to peace than a thousand world conventions.” Orville Wright believed the airplane would “have a tendency to make war impossible.” Guglielmo Marconi believed his radio would “make war impossible.” They have all been wrong.
Obviously looking back we see things like the machine gun ending war, and have to laugh. Obviously Hiram had no idea what people would do with his invention. But the sad thing is that this thinking is still alive and well. Sure, we don’t think a gun will bring world peace, but we believe the next iPhone will be the last one we ever need to buy. Or we assume that a new laptop will totally revolutionize our lives.
We look to the latest and greatest technology to define who we are. We use it as an end all rather than a means to an end.
I watched a commercial the other day for a website to backup all your photos, videos, and other things on your hard drive. At the end of the commercial the narrator basically said the most important reason to back up your photos was “because without your stuff, who are you really?” Too many times our culture has put technology as the end all. We believe that accumulating the latest gadget will make our lives better. We identify with our technology. We totally forget that our citizenship is in Heaven, not in Silicon Valley.
The end all is Jesus, not an awesome phone. Jesus will make our lives better, not a new tablet.
What device has gotten in the way with your walk with God? When have you had to put away some piece of technology to better connect with God?
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