Technology and Tsaaq (זָעַק)

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SUNDAY 16 JULY 2017

The Old Testament is full of people - real people; whose lives are messy, their families dysfunctional and their obedience not always full or immediate, yet God used them.  Our study of their lives is to bring perspective, hope and instruction to ours - to recognise that at times we are tempted to sanitise or selectively interact with their stories and in that way make them heroes.  The reality is that their stories are powerful because they are human like us and face the same temptations and frailty that we do - yet God used them.

The Bible has a lot to say about technology. It can be so easy to skip over simple lines, without asking some questions. But a great question to ask is, why did the writer include that detail? Because that one sentence is actually alluding to a pretty profound new technology and a significant shift in society at that time...

We have tremendous power and ability as humans. We can invent things and build things and dream things up and then make them. Its extraordinary and it is to be celebrated and enjoyed!

However we also have tremendous capacity to use our energies and minds and power and abilities to further OUR OWN purposes through greed and empire building at the expense of those around us. We can use technology to make the world a better place, but we can also use technology to make the world worse. We can use the power that we have for good, to care for people like Jesus implores us to, or we can use our power in destructives ways that can dehumanise ourselves and others.

  • We can become slaves to our technology
  • We can develop a technology induced anxiety
  • We can forget our true identity
  • We can bring heaven to earth, or we can bring hell to earth

Listen to James as he unpacks the impacts of Technology in the Old Testament and in our lives today...