I have only been on this earth for 33 years, but I am AMAZED at how much technology has changed our world. I spoke with my husbands great-grandmother a few years ago and we were talking about how much it has changed the way we live our lives. This woman was born in 1906 and watched the world change dramatically. She went from outhouses, cars and telegrams to indoor plumbing, mass transportation and internet…talk about transformation! Most of us would not want to live back in the early 20th century, we enjoy life’s conveniences and praise the people who invent things that make our life easier and more exciting.
Recently I got into a conversation with someone who was complaining about the church and how much it has changed over the years. He argued that churches now days are all about putting on a big production. To a certain degree he is right. My church for example has cool backgrounds, huge screens and flashy lights. Gone are the days where you walk in, sit in a pew, pull out the hymnal and dress to impress. These are not the only changes we have seen; people no longer go to church because they are obligated to go, businesses don’t shut down simply because it is Sunday, and our society has strayed far away from biblical principles. As a result of these things the church has been forced to change! Some might argue that they do it because they are concerned about their bottom line, but I disagree. I think that churches have changed because they are passionate about their message and that they will do whatever it takes to reach the masses. If you have good news to share, you will do go the extra mile to make sure that people hear it! Technology is everywhere! People are used to things flashing in front of their eyes and information being at their fingertips instantly. If the church doesn’t represent Christ in a way that is relevant to people, they will not see their need for Him. Just because church may be more “entertaining” doesn’t mean the truth presented has changed. Turning the lights down and reading worship songs from a screen doesn’t alter the life-changing truth of scripture.
Many people like the serene, traditional ways and I am certainly not saying that there is anything wrong with that. As long as the message of Jesus is being presented I don’t think it matters if it is from a man in a long robe standing behind a wooden pulpit or a tattooed man in jeans walking all over the stage.