The Tyranny of Technology

To experience spiritual sanity, we might require a digital detox. If you don’t discipline yourself to control technology, be assured that it is controlling you.

1 Cor. 9:24-27; 6:12

The Problem

  • If you look at your phone for 3 ½ hours a day, you have spent over 50 days of the last year on that device.
  • If the average person spends over 10 hours staring at a screen a day, that is almost ⅔ of our waking lives.
  • We will mindlessly drift toward unhealthy habits unless we intentionally replace them with better ones.

The Passage

  • If you are unsure of your goal, you will be unable to identify if you’ve arrived at it (9:24).
  • It’s a shame that athletes know what to pursue and what to avoid while disciples seem oblivious to necessary changes (9:25).
  • Unless we clarify the purpose of discipline, we will never be motivated to make the necessary changes (9:26).
  • We will either control our habits, or our habits will control us (9:27).
  • It is unacceptable for Christians to be dominated by distractions without putting up a fight (6:12).

The Process

  • Decide what is a healthy technology limit that keeps you unashamed before God.
  • Detox yourself from any addictive patterns that hinder your roles or relationships.
  • Defend yourself from technology in proven weakened situations. 
  • Determine what meaningful habits will replace the mindless ones.
  • Divulge your plan to another person for mutual accountability.