Spiritual Disciplines for the Digital Age

Tabless Thursdays

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

(2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV)

James Hamblin, MD shares a practice that probably should be a spiritual discipline for the digital age – being fully present in the moment. Is there something inherently holy about the integrity of being present for One Thing, One Person, One Mind? He’s not wrong when he says this principle is present in many religions – including Christianity. On the back side, isn’t there something inherently idolatrous about trying to keep everything on the front burner all the time?

We are tempted by these powerful devices in purse and pocket and hand that appear to have access to all the world’s knowledge and wisdom. But even as we have embraced their power, our culture has become more and more fragmented. As we have become connected to our hundreds of friends on social media, we have become more and more alienated from the people just a little bit different from us. Isn’t it time we limited our exposure to the temptation that alienates and increase our human – face to face exposure to one another?

Tabless Thursdays is hardly a cure, but it is a start in establishing an increasingly holy discipline about the use of technology so that it serves our great commandments and we resist the urge to bow our heads to the ever-present screen.

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