Focus: Technology: Pros and Cons
Week Fifth Devotional: “Be Cautious”
Scripture Lesson: Romans 10:17-18
Romans 10:17-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed:
“Their sound has gone out to all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the world.”[a]
Romans 10:17-18 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
17 No one can have faith without hearing the message about Christ. 18 But am I saying that the people of Israel did not hear? No, I am not! The Scriptures say,
“The message was told
everywhere on earth.
It was announced
all over the world.”
Advancing Human Sin?
Study Texts: Hebrews 13:21
Objective: To explore the issue of whether technology contributes to the advancement of sin.
~Devotional and Lesson by Margarette W. Williams
Hebrews 13:21 New King James Version (NKJV)
21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you[a] what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:21 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
21 I pray that God will make you ready to obey him and that you will always be eager to do right. May Jesus help you do what pleases God. To Jesus Christ be glory forever and ever! Amen.
Dan Beerens (Christian Educators Journal, 2013) identified several areas of instruction suitable for discussion to flush out basic realities about what the church understands about technology and faith formation concerns. These include the following:
- Discernment and defining truth, beauty, and goodness. How do we know what is true and how is this related to technology?
- Fragmented reality. Learners are dealing with so many experiences online, yet so little coherence. We must engage in teaching persons to assimilate unorganized information to aid with foundational understandings and framework in biblical literacy.
- Technology as idol or object or desire versus desiring the kingdom. How do we address passion?What does “moderation in all things” look like in technology use and social media?
- Pietists (personal piety adherents) or prophets? Correct effective use of the tools of technology while understanding personal limitations and entrapment. Are students asking good questions leading to critical thinking?
- Balancing speed, motivation, and persistence. Technology can increase motivation and persistence. It allows us to do a lot of things quickly, often without reflective thought. Attention spans have been altered by rapid communication and production.
- Communication and relationship fluency. Does social media use improve social intelligence? Social media use should be balanced with plenty “in-person” interactions where relationship skills are practiced face-to-face.