Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear. Whoever has Twitter to tweet, let them tweet.
We are straight-up addicted to our phones. I mean, seriously: this is going to be a real problem in the not-too-distant future. Think this just… sorta… happened? Google “Brain-Hacking on 60 Minutes.”
Dear children, keep yourselves from phones, errr, I mean – idols. – 1 John 5:21 [Sic]
Anything that takes the place of God is an idol. Have phones taken the place of God?
Well, riddle me this: How many times do YOU touch your phone a day?
(In fact, you are probably reading this from your phone right now.) Are you ready for this:
“The typical cellphone user touches his or her phone 2,617 time every day, according to a study by research firm Dscout. But that’s just the average user: The study found that extreme cellphone users — meaning the top 10% — touch their phones more than 5,400 times daily (July 13, 2016).”
I know I am a tiny minnow swimming up a mightily roaring RIVER here, but: How many times do you touch your Bible a day?
I dare you to compare those numbers. Write them down next to each other: are you crying?
I know this is something we cannot solve right this minute, I know that you know that I am just as guilty as the next person, and of course I know phones can be used for good too, but it is something we should not be ignoring.
What do we do about this?
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Phones make us break the first two commandments:
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. – Exd. 20:3-6
Phones also repeatedly make us break the 3rd commandment: OMG, anyone?
That’s 3/10 right off the bat. And of course, if you break just one, you’ve broken them all (James 2:10).