[technology – an opportunity or a distraction?]

[technology – an opportunity or a distraction?]

Imagine a scene.

It’s a beautiful day. It’s your wedding day – the day you have dreamed about since you were just a wee girl in pink fluffy dress. You are the bride – dressed in white, hair made into an intricate braid, joy bursting your heart because you are so excited.

The guests are all there, the pastor is in the front and next to him… Oh, the minute you see the person next to him the world around you fades. Nothing, no one, besides him exists. Nothing matters. You float toward the front as if you’re walking on puffy clouds instead of earth.

You stand next to him, holding his hand. He holds yours and the warmth is spreading all over your body, down to your toes. You both are smiling just because the two of you are finally together.

“I love you,” he gently whispers to you in a husky voice. “We are going to change the world together.”

You take your hand out of his, dig into your little purse you took with you, grab the iPhone out, login to Twitter and post “He said we’re gonna change the world together.”

“WAIT A MINUTE!” You probably will tell me, snatched from the dreamy place by the last sentence. iPhone? Is she nuts? It’s their wedding day! The groom was also surprised, probably.

Yep.

During my internet-surf today I came across an article about Twitter. Twittering at Church during the service.

I read the blog post, the numerous comments… and just sat there, staring at my Jacy’s widescreen. The vast majority of people who commented said they actually did twitter during the service. The justification was “We are sharing the Word of God with the people out there, believers and nonbelievers alike.”

One of the reasons I do not like translating the sermons is because my mind switches into a robot mode and I become a machine – I translate, but I do it automatically, not thinking about what I have just said or what the pastor had said. After a sermon like that I have to ask my friends I translated to what was the sermon about. If something does ring a bell in my mind during the sermon, I stop translating because the auto-pilot is switched off. Either way, my friends and I don’t get the full meaning of the sermon.

When I read all the pro-twitter-during-Church comments, I was saddened because you simply can’t be 100% with God and twitter at the same time. We have enough distractions as it is already! Twittering during the service is just one more DISTRACTION!

Some people have called me a prophet. Prophet’s mission is not to tell the future, as many think it is, but to tell the truth. I still consider myself a Jonah or Jeremiah in the very beginning of their journeys, but I just could not let this matter die (or actually, get more alive).

Really. Twittering during Church? The part that made me grin sadly was “sharing the Word with non-believers.” Do it after the Church. Not just write, but DO something (And yes, I am far from saying that I am perfect in this matter – I still have ways to go to reaching that state…)

*Shrug* this is my IMHO.

By any means, I am not anti-twitter. I am into all the new and exciting technologies and the opportunities they give us. Twitter can be used for great purposes. But, as wise Solomon said,

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is time for worship and there is time to Twitter about worship.

Btw, here’s a good article by John Piper regarding the same issue.

Comments are welcome.

  • That is a great post…and scripture to use. My wife and I had this discussion the other day and to be honest I was on the opposite of the discussion. I was one of those who thought that it would get the "Word" out. After reading this, I think I need to pray on it some more.

    • Just to suremake – i am not against the technology per se 🙂 i love it – those who know about my job know it perfectly well – i am a web-content / e-publications coordinator and we're about to launch our own online business network…

      • Gotcha…I understood what you were saying completely. I am a wanna be teckie…So I see the value in it…But there is a time and a place…

        • hehehe. i used to be an advanced user, but after two years at the Chamber and leaning along the way… guess i am a really advanced user now 😀

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