Is this digital obsession a problem? Is it a benefit? There are no set answers. In some respects our digitized culture is a blessing - for example, I enjoy my Mac computer and it's incredible that I can store photographs of my family and friends without having to look through boxes. The list of benefits could go on and on. However, in other respects our digitized culture is a curse - family and community life has been radically changed by the information age.
We can't go back. We have no option. Technology grips our culture and doesn't let go. Not only so, but as adults (especially as parents, pastors and youth workers) we have to be incredibly careful about judging our kids. In an essay by David Kinnaman (Barna Group) in Christianity Today Kinnaman makes this fascinating statement:
. . . our research shows that typical parents are just as "addicted" to media and technology as are their teenagers, just in different ways. In an ironic and telling shift, the teenagers we interviewed complained that their parents' use of technology was inhibiting quality family time.
Hmm . . . the pleasures of technology carry across the generations. So here is my ultimate question: Can we, as Christians addicted to technology (young and old), go deep anymore? We have access to information quickly - we know a little about a lot - but has our relationship with Christ become digitized? Another way of expressing this idea is, "Have we become Pancake Christians (thin and spread out with little or no depth)?
Do you know what I think? I think Christ calls us to the deep life - and that call has never changed.
Can we go deep anymore?