Informing Ourselves to Death

The danger of constant connection is a becoming a relentless theme among people whose highest goals are merely laying up treasure on earth. For those who want to lay up treasure in heaven, this warning ought to carry an even greater weight.

I want treasure in heaven. I want it. So I am fighting a battle to use technology without being mastered by it.

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

2 Comments

  1. Nick Harsh on July 14, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Mark, this is a really insightful thought. Thank you for sharing. I recently read another good quote that communicates a similar idea. Douglas Rushkoff wrote, “In a world dominated by the image instead of the word, interior life gives way to exterior show. Substance gives way to simulation.” I think for people who desire to lay up treasure in heaven, the danger of constant connection is hightened simply by advancements in image based technology. When we lose our ability to focus on the word, it becomes incresingly easy to stay focused on the world. Thanks again for sharing!

  2. Nick Harsh on July 15, 2020 at 6:52 am

    I was thinking for about your post this morning. Your phrase, “The danger of constant connection is a becoming a relentless theme among people whose highest goals are merely laying up treasure on earth,” has been on my mind. I often feel conflicted when it come to technology and the ways that we interact with it. I think good rythems in life are a huge defense agaist informing ourselves to death. I wrote an article a while ago that encouraging people to: (1) embrace the rhythm of solitude, (2) embrace the rhythm of meditation and prayer, and to (3) embrace the rhythm of conversation. It wasn’t until your post though that I thought of this in light of storing treasure in heaven. Thanks again for stiring my thinking!

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