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Entertaining Ourselves
9/10/2010

Entertaining Ourselves
Allowing Technology to Distract us

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 2 Timothy 3:1, 2, 4 (NKJV)

I find it mind boggling to look at today's technology.  It amazes me how the advancements in technology are coming at us in such a hurried pace, we seldom have time to learn what is currently available before it is considered obsolete.

When I was young I remember playing a game called, Pong.  Much like tennis or ping-pong, it consisted of a dot on a screen going back and forth in between two players.   Each person had a knob to twist, which would move a vertical line (paddle) on the screen in an attempt to intercept the dot, thereby sending it back to the other player.  Oh what excitement! Take a look at video games these days.   We can play virtual golf in the comfort of our own living room making a swinging motion while watching our ball being driven on an exact replica of the greens at Torrey Pines or a number of other courses.

I remember the days of my youth, when every phone was attached to a cord, and the cord was attached to a wall.  If you wanted to talk, it meant being stationary near a plugged in phone and walking was limited to the length of your phone cord.  Today, we have cell phones that allow us to be virtually anywhere while continuing to talk. Everything we do is centered on our cell phone. We have our day planners and calendars, as well as a host of other tools available to us on them.  

And these palm-sized phones are really mini super-computers.  Things we use to do with many different devices such as cameras, video recorders, and calculators, are all done with our cell phone.  We can take snapshot pictures, shoot videos, and go online to the Internet from them.

Now, the idea behind technology is to make our lives better, simpler, and easier.  It is to help us have more time.  And yet, technology is doing everything but this.  The very gadgets and inventions introduced to help us maximize our time are gobbling it up faster than this new technology is evolving.  In essence, we are becoming slaves to them.  

Truth be told, I think these technological advancements can be the very things causing us to stumble in our walk with God.  I think so many of the things created to save time and share information have imprisoned us.  More and more people are looking to these technologies for entertainment too.  Things such as Facebook, Skype, Internet blogging and Twitter now consume us.  Forget waiting to hear about what happened last week or yesterday, or for that matter, how about what is going on right now?

I think the words of Paul in 2 Timothy are ringing true in our culture, as man is becoming a lover of himself, and a lover of pleasure.  Let's face it, people love to see themselves on the pages of the Internet.  And there are people who will share every little detail about themselves, such as where they went to breakfast, what they decided to wear, and what they plan on doing in the next two hours.  Enough already!  

What I find even more interesting is there are people eagerly waiting to read this stuff!  It's as if they can't wait to get the latest on what's going on in other people's lives.  It's like, Hey, grab a cup of coffee, sit down, and let's see what's happening out there.  I hear people talking all the time about somebody else's life, and how so and so is pregnant from her boyfriend, and how they read it on Facebook.  We are told not to be a busybody in other people's matters. Look at the comparison, or grouping Peter gives to a busybody in this verse as well.

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters. 1 Peter 4:15 (NKJV)

The enemy is going to do whatever he can to get us to take our eyes off of God, and the things of God, and to put our eyes back on the things of this world.  We have to ask ourselves some serious questions of accountability.  Questions such as:

Q:    Have we become a prisoner to technology?  
Q:    Are we using technology to free up our time, or is it consuming it?
Q:    Are we using things such as Facebook and Twitter to further the Kingdom of God, or to further our entertainment and vanity?

Hey Christian, I want you to hear me in this.  I am not against technology, or things such as Twitter or Facebook.  I am against what the enemy does with them.  I am against these things causing others to stumble in their walk.  I am against spending our valuable time seeking to find pleasure in these things.  I am against our being so in love with ourselves, we have to show and tell the world all about us.  

Let's let God bring us the relationships and friendships He intends for us to have.  Let's take the time to spend with people one-on-one and develop God-honoring relationships, keeping those things spoken of in confidence, rather than posting a blog, or tweet on what we talked about.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Timothy 3:4, what do men become lovers of in the last days?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself loving pleasure more than God?

APPLICATION:  When we focus on pleasure, we will want it more and more.  When we focus on the things of God, we will begin to love these things.  Give the best of your time to God and spend time reading His Word.

Father, Thank You for giving me the time You have.  I am sorry for the time I have wasted on pleasures.  Help me to see the value of spending time wisely and help me to be a good steward with the time You give to me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

 Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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