Sunday, January 30, 2011
Technology and Prophecy
So much information...so little time.
Do you ever feel like this? I consider myself highly ignorant when it comes to technology - I actually use my cell phone to make phone calls and that's about it. Yeah, I can surf the net from my phone, but it is usually not worth the frustration of typing, erasing and retyping everything I want to google, since the letters are so small. (I know, I can turn the phone sideways and get bigger letters - still doesn't help.)
Then there's Facebook - a great way to keep up with friends. It's also a great way to make people think that you are a person you really aren't.
Email, texting, twitter - so much technology...it's hard to keep up with the innovations.
Trust me, I think all this is good, but sometimes it just gets too overwhelming for me to stay up to date. As soon as I learn a game, a new one is all the rage. And am I the only person who texts with proper grammar? Perhaps I should just embrace becoming a grandma and give up.
Well, believe it or not, I am writing this, not to discourage the use of technology, but to encourage it. I chatted with a woman today who told me she doesn't watch any news at all. She's happy being ignorant about what is going on in the world. Now, I realize that I am relatively ignorant when it comes to being hip and up to date with my technology, and I understand that technology can be deceptive, but I want to encourage you not to dig your head in the sand when it comes to current events. In this case, technology can help us watch the signs of the times.
The unrest in Egypt is a great example of this. Fifty years ago we couldn't have the up to date information that we have today - I guess even ten years ago it wasn't as lightning fast as it is today. Technology can keep us informed about world events unlike any other time in history and I don't believe this is a coincidence or just random advancement of technology.
I believe God has given us the gift of instant information and while it can keep us up to date with our friends, as well as make available with our fingertips horrifically destructive information, the internet also gives us news that has prophetic implications. For example, are you aware of the dead bird epidemic all over the world? And the dead cows? What about the latest seismic activity or the food price inflation in the middle east? Have you heard any rumors of war lately? What exactly is going on in Egypt?
As frustrating as technology is to keep up with, don't give up on it. Use it to be watchful - in Matthew 25 we are told to be alert and ready for the return of Jesus. If we dig our head in the sand and ignore the signs that Christ Himself told us to look for (and these signs are international in nature), then will we be found with our lamp empty?
Even now the Lord is moving. The day of His return is getting closer. What is He doing in Egypt and what are the prophetic implications? We should be able to answer these questions...