Bricks and Stones and Smart Phones

Matt Wolff

I want to talk about technology and its effect on our relationship with God.

Let’s look at Genesis 11:2-4, As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

This scripture represents new technology for this people group. In order to build a structure using stone there must be a source of stone – a stone quarry available to cut out the rocks and transport to a specific location, similar to how the pyramids of Egypt were built. Very labor intensive. However, with the new technology of baking bricks, that could be done right on location, this new technology made them arrogant and hindered their relationship with God.

Have you ever allowed technology to come into your life and hinder your relationship with God? Has a new technology captured your heart’s attention to the point that it has affected your personal relationship with God?

You can tell a lot about a person by their TIME, ENERGY, MONEY and CONVERSATION.

The average amount of time spent on technology – social media: 8 hours a month; gaming apps: 1½ hour a day; texting: 95 minutes a day; online: 32 hours on the internet every month; television: 28 hours per week.

The problem with the world, according to Rev. Graham, is not technology; rather, the problem is the people who use it. Despite advances in technology, we will always have war, poverty, and pain, because the corruption of humanity is an internal one. Moreover, we are all going to die, and technology cannot stop that impending fate. The hope available, however, is to come to know the living God through Jesus Christ. – Billy Graham


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