WHEN TECHNOLOGY BECOMES EVIL
Freelance writer Lupie Riley
Normally technology is a good thing. It's made life easier and shortened the duration of certain tasks that would have taken longer to perform. But there is a dark side to this good thing. When it causes tension in the home, alienation between loved ones, re-programming of thought processes and physical issues such as obesity, anxiety and ADHD it becomes evil. When it doesn't produce wholesome, beneficial and constructive life skills we need to give it some serious thought with new eyes and understanding. If you can't go even a day without video games, ipads, ipods, TV, cell phones or texting then you have a problem--its called addiction. Any one of these things can become an obsession that dictates and controls you and robs you of the power to be in charge. To the Christian it is called Idol worship.
Without any shut down time you and your family members remain in a state of restlessness and anxiety that is detriment to the human body and relationships to one another. For wholeness of mind, body and spirit we require rest and a peaceful state of mind. God's word says that in the last days people will be running to and fro and this is truly evident in city traffic, airports and shopping malls all over the country. It's reminiscent of an anthill with all their busyness throughout the day while they carry heavy loads of rocks on their backs. Having lived life going on 71 years I've observed an alarming change in society's life style. I was recently having lunch at a restaurant where I was eye witness to this phenomenon with a mom, dad and two daughters all having their phones out texting without a word shared between any of them. Sheriff Taylor of the Andy Griffith days had it right. After meeting his job obligations he kicked back with his passion of music and song, played his guitar and enjoyed front porch conversation with friends and family members. That was all before the tech age came into full bloom. The age I am able to remember and appreciate.
Peace of mind is hard to achieve in our fast moving world but not beyond our grasp. For the professional psychiatrist and counselor it's big business today because we have lost that art of contentment. The Person (Jesus) who can teach us how to acquire this attribute has been pushed aside as we seek out these professional substitutes and artificial remedies found in pills and alcohol. This is what the Word says about positive thinking..."Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about." Phill. 4:8 Jesus is the author of peace..." I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart ! And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27. He once told Elijah to quiet down and rid himself of all the distractions in life and only then could he hear the quiet voice of God. We can begin to restore those quiet moments by eliminating the distractions that are not necessary or a priority. Here are a few things we can do to begin our journey back to contentment.
#1 Limit your time or families time on video games. Be selective in those you purchase. Don't finance violence and perversion. Take back control.
#2 Introduce a "NO TV" night once a week and spend the time interacting with family members and friends. Take back control
#3 Downsize texting. Start to communicate more by phone. The same goes for time spent on I-pads and I-pods. Take back control
#4 Limit the hours you spend on the computer each day. Excessive usage if not for business is not only bad for your health but robs your family of your presence in their lives. Take back control
#5 Don't allow your children to be involved in so many activities that they never have a down time to recharge. Take back control
#6 Most important find that quiet time to restore your communication with the One (Jesus) who really counts, the One who is the author of peace ....who loves you and gave his life for you to experience forgiveness, restoration and a bright future when He will rule the world as King of Kings. He's alive and well giving us time to come to him for salvation. "Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious ideal; yet now God declares us 'not guilty' of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in his kindness freely takes away our sins. " Rom. 3:23