Technology! Now, that exclamation point can mean two things in this case: excitement or exasperation.
I’ve been trying to work with technology a lot over the past few weeks. Using the things at my disposal to connect with you all in the best way possible. I mean, this weekly email that comes to you is only possible because of this incredibly clever online — and FREE! — program that I was introduced to.
Yet, we really don’t have much of a choice in this technology thing. At least if I as a pastor and we as the church don’t want to get left behind, we don’t have a choice. Things keep moving ahead.
I am about to do a new thing;Isaiah 43:19
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
Which, I think, is okay. Because God is always moving ahead.
For the observant among you, you can see that we have the same scripture passage this week as last. Because, God is always doing a new thing! God is always bringing about new from old, life from death.
God is all about using what ever is in creation to connect people to God. God used a burning bush, a talking donkey, a young shepherd, the sound of sheer silence, and ultimately an instrument of torture to get into relationship with us. God was willing to try anything!
But you and I — we give up pretty easy. Or come up with excuses like: “Facebook is a fad.” “Twitter is evil. “YouTube is only for young good looking people.” Or, just pure and simple, “I’m too old.”
But our God calls us to do new things — because we are called to be a connector of people to God. And, if there is technology out there to use, then the struggle is worth it.