I was born in 1982 and my generation is often associated with technology. But I’ve always felt that label was a bit of an awkward fit. The truth is that my schooling consisted of chalkboards and notepads and I didn’t own a cell phone until I was a sophomore in college. Technology, in every variety (smart phones, laptops, the Internet, social media, etc.), was something that I had to learn, and in some ways, that has given me a position of gratitude.
My role as Director of Media Arts at PCC gives me a lot of opportunities to ponder my position of gratitude. Not only for the daily conveniences that technology affords me, but also for the powerful tool that it can be for the Kingdom of God.
From Paul to the Printing Press
The Apostle Paul had an encounter with Jesus (Acts 9:1-19). Since that moment, he became a guy that would do anything it took to win people to Christ (1 Corinthians 9:22). He even used the technology of the day to accomplish that. Technology?! Well, in Paul’s day he used paper and pen to write letters to the specific audience that he was trying to reach. He was taking advantage of a tool to help fulfill God’s purpose for his life.
Paul’s letters would later become a good chunk of the New Testament and a foundational influence on countless believers. These letters were later able to reach the masses because of the invention of the printing press in the 1400’s. This new technology would make God’s Word accessible to anyone for the first time in history. We’ll probably never be able to fully quantify (on this side of eternity) the impact that this shift in communication made on the Church!
Technology in the Church Today
Today, we have additional tools such as screens, speakers, microphones, websites, and social media to help make Jesus known. These tools, like those that have come before, can have a great impact for the Kingdom of God. In fact, things like the Internet and social media can help us share the gospel message with all nations (Matthew 28:16-20) as Jesus commanded.
What I have already experienced in my lifetime is a great shift in technology. In fact, I think we’re currently experiencing the greatest shift in communication (through new technology) since the printing press. It can be overwhelming and a little scary if we lose perspective. But there is Good News that needs to be shared. We, as the Church, want to have the attitude of Paul and use whatever means necessary to reach the next generation for Christ.
The tools that we will use to make Jesus known will continue to change. But I am thankful to know that the message of Jesus Christ that is communicated through those tools never will!
You can check out some tools that our church is using specifically through the links below.