Posts Tagged ‘internet’
Given that Tim Challies has a reputation largely built upon the reach of the interweb, I always appreciate his thoughtful wariness and intention to control it rather than be controlled by it. So he writes:
Getting off the Internet slowed the pace of life which, in turn, slowed down my mind. As soon as we left the house, which is to say, as soon as we left the Internet behind, the pace of life slowed in a noticeable way. We were no longer living from email-to-email or Facebook update-to-Facebook update. Really, there was nothing to keep up with at all, except the car ahead of us on the highway. My mind immediately slowed down, engaging with one thing instead of half thinking about it before moving on to whatever came next. In quiet moments I had no choice but to be quiet and to think where I usually dive into my pocket and pull out my phone to do something, anything.
Read it all here.
Nathan Bingham reminds us that the online world is not so far removed from the real one that it all happens without cost:
If we are all honest, we have all been enjoying “magic land” to some extent. Even if we’ve not been jeering from the audience our expectations have been high. We want immediate satisfaction and we want it for free.
Whether you’ve been in the audience or only sitting on the sidelines, at the very least my prayer is that this post will bring an issue to your attention. And then possibly, as you consider what a wonderful job many in the online Christian community do for the cause of Christ, you’ll change how you pray, use your finances, and use your words.
Ironically, as I type this my hosting service has gone offline. If only I was connected to the Internet at the moment I’m sure I’d get someone complaining. Why don’t I upgrade my hosting, you ask? After all, that’d be easy, inexpensive, and quick, right?
. . . Christian parents must be concerned, not just with what content children are watching, but how much exposure they really experience. Something has gone wrong when the default position of the television is on, rather than off. There is something even more wrong when children and teenagers have televisions and Internet access in their bedrooms.
Al Mohler highlights an American report about the dangers of early and unfettered access to screen entertainment and “education.” Helpful reading for parents.