For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.
The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
Mobile technology is not evil. But it is a clever tool, and a tool can be misused. God warns us not to be ignorant of evil devices (see 2 Corinthians 2:11). The device of mobile technology has become corrupt. How? I call it enchantment.
To enchant is 'to cast a spell on; bewitch; to delight or captivate utterly' (World English Dictionary). Consider the cell phone. Has a spell been cast upon it? Is this a ridiculous notion? In truth, we witness enchantment every day.
Cell phone holders walk, talk and even drive without seeing--their eyes continually drawn to an all-enthralling screen. They are utterly captivated by it--often to the brink of overlooking the reality before them. And then? They fall blindly off a cliff.
Outcomes include car wrecks, child abductions, and tragic obsessions with games, gossip, violence and pornography.
Consider Jesus' warning in Luke 11:34. What does it mean, 'When your eye is bad'? Bible expert John Gill (1697-1771) described it this way:
'When the eye of the body is attended with any bad humours that hinder the sight, all the members of it are in darkness; so, when the understanding is darkened through the blindness and ignorance there is in men, with respect to Gospel truths, all the powers and faculties of the soul are in a very miserable and uncomfortable condition.'
More recently, Bible scholar Derek Prince (1915-2003) added a frightening outcome to consider when we entertain evil on a phone:
'You have crossed an invisible border into the kingdom of Satan. Since that time, whether you know it or not, Satan has regarded you as one of his subjects. He considers he has a legal claim to you' ('Blessings or Curses: You Can Choose,' p.214).
Therefore cell phone users: avoid enchantment. Limit usage. Be mindful of what your eyes see.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Mobile Technology series.