Reflections on the Word: Moral effects of technology
The high-tech age has radically changed the world we live in. Some advances have been incredibly beneficial. Others have raised red flags. All the evidence is not yet in. It is a great convenience to have instant communication at the push of an icon on our cell phone. On the other hand, the popularity of social media has already demonstrated serious downsides.Among these is the strange fascination of many people toward one sided conversation without any compulsion to include evidence to support their statements. As often as not, these bleeps amounts to destructive gossip. Some are raising the question whether we should modify the constitutionality of free speech and free expression.
Turning attention to the moral side of the issue, we live days when there is growing concern with the level of corruption in our society. Furthermore, this corruption is being systematically exposed by the information age to be pervasive in the highest branches of government, academia, and other institutions once considered unimpeachable. We have grown tolerant of the moral corruption of Hollywood with its glorification of sexual perversion, violence, and vulgar comedy, reasoning that it is only harmless fiction and entertainment, not reality. The corruptions of society often exceeds the depictions of Hollywood and it is not fiction.
The information age has destroyed the Pollyanna myth that humanity is predominantly morally good and innocent. The Bible as well as the recorded history of civilization, has always opposed mans’ self-approval of the human race.
When God was about to destroy life by a catastrophic flood on the earth, the Scripture tells us in Gen 6:11-12; “ The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.” Though, in mercy, God spared Noah and promised that He would never again destroy life on earth by a flood, the pervasive tendency of human nature to corruption and evil has not changed.
The Scripture declares in Isa 53:6; “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way;” And, in Ps 14:3; “They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, no, not one”. Note the key words in these verses, “all” and “none”. This does not mean there are no good people in the world because there are many. Every individual on the planet, however, carries some measure of guilt from some moral failure in their life.
In spite of this gloomy reality, the Gospel of Jesus Christ offers positive hope for the desperate needs of society collapsing under the heavy load of its own corruption. It proclaims a Savior who gave His life to provide a double cure. Purification of the depravity of human nature as well as atonement for the guilt of moral failures. The Gospel is condensed in the words of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Pastor Gene Holman of Living Word Fellowship in Gardnerville is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.