Technology has developed in ways that were previously deemed unthinkable. To mention just a few of the revolutionary technological developments of our time, we have self-driving cars, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and virtual reality. However, technology is not a novel idea and has existed since the dawn of time. The first technologist was God, the creator of the world, and His work in the Bible gives us important insights into the potential of technology in our lives today.
We learn how God created the world from nothing in the book of Genesis 1:3. This was an amazing technological achievement that is still beyond our comprehension today. God is a technologist, and He created the universe we live in using His knowledge and comprehension of the laws of physics and chemistry.
God is the first technologist in the world. He is the first person to invent the tablet. He called Moses and gave him a tablet on Mount Sinai in Exodus 34. Then, it was upgraded by man due to the knowledge given to man by God. So, man upgraded the stone tablet to an electronic tablet like Samsung Tabs, iPads, etc. God is also the first person who invented the projector. When Belshazzar misused the Holy things of the Lord in the temple, the finger of God was seen being written on the wall. Man upgraded this invention to an electronic projector (Daniel 5).
God’s ability to use technology is also demonstrated in the building of the Ark. Noah’s family and a variety of animals were to be transported aboard the Ark, a sizable wooden ship, during the great deluge that God foresaw as a means of purging the world of its sin. The Ark was built according to God’s directions, and it was an engineering marvel built to withstand the flood’s raging waters. This was a pioneering instance of utilizing technology to surmount the limitations of nature (Genesis 6:13-22).
Another illustration of God’s technological impact is the Tower of Babel. The tower was a magnificent building endeavor that was intended to soar to the skies. The endeavor was hampered, though, when God intervened and made the workers speak in various tongues. This tale demonstrates the dual nature of technology and the necessity of using it carefully and in accordance with God’s will (Genesis 11:8).
Today, we are surrounded by evidence of God’s technological impact. Technology has permeated every aspect of our lives, from the medical discoveries that resulted in the creation of vaccines and life-saving therapies to the developments in communication technology that have allowed us to communicate with people around the globe. We can use technology to share the gospel, communicate with other Christians, and learn more about the Bible.
RESPONSE OF TODAY’S YOUTH TO TECHNOLOGY
It is very sad that many youths today misuse technology by engaging in fraudulent activities. Particularly, young men use smartphones and computers for cybercrimes like “Sakawa” (also known as game boys), which involves stealing credit card information to shop on the internet. Additionally, they misuse technology by gambling, which has become easily accessible on various online platforms on smartphones and computers, such as Superbet, Mybet, Betika, 1xBet, Betway, 22Bet, Sportsbet, PremireBet, MELbet, and SportBet.
Furthermore, young people abuse technology by watching pornography on their smartphones and computers. Some young women and adults also use technology for prostitution and illegal dating sites, which destroys their future prospects.
EMBRACING NEW TECHNOLOGY
I strongly urge ministers of the Gospel to embrace the modern technology available today. Technology is not inherently evil; it depends on the user and the purpose. Although technology itself cannot take us to heaven, it can facilitate our work quickly and easily. Therefore, we must evangelize and reach out to all people, particularly those in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Ministers should, therefore, encourage their church members and families to enter the STEM field. If Christians do not invade these fields, secular individuals will design and invent technologies that do not align with God’s will, such as sex toys, missiles, flying bombs, warships, and planes.
RESPONDING TO TECHNOLOGY IN A GODLY MANNER
The following are some ways by which we could leverage on the great potential of technology for our benefit as Christians and to champion the cause of the Kingdom:
- Sharing the gospel on social media (Mark 16:15)
It is sad to note that many young people misuse technology. However, social media can be an effective means of sharing the good news of God’s love with others. Today’s youth can inspire and uplift others by sharing Bible verses, motivational sayings, and moving stories on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Additionally, they can connect with other believers and forge relationships with people who share similar values and beliefs.
- Accessing Bible studies resources and sermons online (2 Timothy 3:16)
Thanks to the internet, we now have access to a wealth of knowledge on almost any subject. With the help of technology, young people can strengthen their faith and deepen their understanding of the Bible. Online sermons, Bible studies, and devotionals can provide valuable insights into the Scriptures and help young people apply biblical principles to their daily lives.
- Using Apps to Increase One’s Devotional Life (Psalm 119:105)
Numerous apps are available to help young people develop a stronger sense of personal devotion and a closer relationship with God. Bible apps like YouVersion offer features like daily devotionals, reading plans, and audio Bibles, which can keep young people connected to God’s word. Similarly, prayer apps like PrayerMate can assist young people in maintaining their spiritual focus and developing a regular prayer practice.
- Producing uplifting material (Psalm 150:6)
Young people can use their creativity and technological skills to produce uplifting material that spreads the love and word of God. They can use music, videos, or other forms of digital media to express their faith and motivate others to do the same.
- Engaging in Virtual Ministry (Galatians 6:2)
Virtual ministry has become popular recently, and it can be a wonderful way for young people to serve the Lord from the comfort of their homes. Through online organizations like prayer hotlines, chat rooms, and counseling services, young people can share their faith and support others who may be suffering.
Technology can be a powerful tool for young people to serve the Lord and spread the good news of God’s love. By using social media, online resources, apps, and other digital media, they can interact with God and each other in new and creative ways. Let us use technology to advance God’s kingdom on earth by exploring its possibilities while keeping God’s will and purpose at the forefront of our minds.
Written by P/Overseer Solomon Boadi