Hail to the Handheld
Robert Wurtz II
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Romans 13:14)
In this particular entry I want to briefly touch upon a subject that is increasingly becoming a point of concern for me. First let me say that I am not a so-called ‘clothes line preacher’ or teacher. But I do want to draw attention to something that I see is increasingly being used by the enemy to destroy peoples lives and victory that is in Jesus Christ. Certainly, as with all electronics devices, the hand held smart phone and other similar devices, are amoral. That is to say, they lack a moral sense in of themselves. The question is, can a person handle their smart phone or is their smart phone handling them?
It seems like almost weekly I hear about someone whose life has been wrecked by the misuse of a smart phone. Men and women texting people they shouldn’t be or sending immodest pictures of themselves to people they shouldn’t be is breaking up marriages and relationships left and right. This is what some are calling ‘filthy communication’ but with a different spin. God knew at Babylon that man’s ability to communicate with one another freely would be the cause of great destruction over time, so He confounded the languages. Now we have the world at our fingertips. Almost like the whole Babylon event has been undone. People today don’t meet under the shadow of a Zigurrat as they did 4000 years ago, but in the swath of a cell phone tower that enables them to communicate across continents and languages in ways only dreamed about in years past. The question is, will this most powerful tool in the hands of the masses be used for good or for evil?
A Choice to Make
The old timers used to say that it’s all fun and games until an eye gets put out. But what about these devices that have the capacity to destroy? I can already hear it, “smart phones don’t destroy marriages- people destroy marriages!” But we have to ask ourselves the tough questions. Is my smart phone becoming a tool of the devil to thwart my victory in Christ? Am I being tempted to communicate with people I should not be? Am I using this smart phone to access illicit materials that I shouldn’t be? Am I using this smart phone to stir up strife and communicate information that is destructive? Anything that the phone would be used for that is contrary to sound doctrine is a serious problem. Only the smart phone (hand held) owner knows if he/she is allowing the tool to be an instrument of sin in their life.
Hand held idols?
The average Christian today would be horrified to think about someone worshipping one of the hand held figurines that used to be manufactured in Ephesus in the time of Paul. Little hand held images of Artemis were a great source of trade. So to today, the hand held market is multi-billion-dollar; so if there is ever a wholesale burning of smart phones and loss of sales I and others like me will probably be strung up some place. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A smart phone can be used to access hundreds and thousands of edifying sermons and materials that will help facilitate a life of victory and spiritual growth. The question is, what will it be used for? It can either be an idol or it can be a useful tool. I typically say that the famous last words of a Christian are, “I can handle this!” Can you? Do you handle it or does it handle you? You can access the world from your pocket. Where are you going in your minds eye and imaginations? That is the great question. If it is being a problem for you you need to put it down and use a land line. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Romans 13:14)