Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Blessed Curse

This morning we were at a friend's house and I was watching the kids read an electronic book.  The book had a pen with it that, when pressed on different areas of the page, would read different parts of the story depending on which characters were clicked on.  Amazing, huh!  I tried and tried to figure out how this pen - totally detached from the book - could recognize where on the page you were pressing it, but I couldn't.  The only close, plausible answer I could think of was it read the tiny dots totally covering the page, but I've seen that on other books as a way to help boost the color, and I couldn't detect that much of a variation in the patterns...

All in all, it made me start thinking about all the technology we use every day that is totally beyond my comprehension.  Think of what it was like only 100 years ago, and how different our world is today because of technology.  Sometimes, I almost wish we could go back to the days of horse and buggy; when everyone was home by dinnertime and had a front porch to sit on and watch fireflies.  Those were the simpler days...

But even so, technology has not been all bad.  In fact, a lot of what we do today would be impossible without it! (I can see you nodding your head as you read this internet blog)  Perhaps though, the best thing it has given us is the ability to spread the gospel to more people than could be reached otherwise.  All of a sudden, we have sermons being beamed all around the world; we have websites with instant access for people to search and find resources for Bible study.  Now, more than ever before in earth's history, the gospel commission is being fulfilled before our eyes.

So I guess you could call technology the blessed curse...

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