Monday, April 1st, 2013
Mobile Technology (Part 7)
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV)
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1 Corinthians 6:12 (NKJV)
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said... 'Come out from among them and be separate.'
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 (NKJV)
There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.
Daniel 3:12 (NKJV)
The narrow gate of Jesus is not the broad band of media. However, the Great Commission is a broad job for a narrow band of people: they are called Christians.
Is the cure for cell phone corruption a trashcan? No. To 'Come out from among them and be separate' does not mean to leave the world. 'I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one' (John 17:15).
To be separate means to sanctify: 'To be set apart as holy' (Random House Dictionary).
Four Jewish teenagers (Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego) showed us the cure almost 3000 years ago. They showed us how to represent God successfully in the midst of an idol-worshipping nation. Is America today so different from Babylon then? Here's the plan:
1) Be 'Ten times better' (Daniel 1:20) in everything you do. Therein, God sets you up for success.
2) Enter the culture. Learn it well. Don't condemn it and don't blend into it. Instead, raise the standard of conduct: Act in God's standard.
3) Don't worship idols. Don't watch bad stuff. Don't cheer bad stuff. Don't text bad stuff. Don't sell out. 'You shall no more worship the work of your hands' (Micah 5:13).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'Be as cunning as serpents and as innocent as doves' (Matthew 10:16). Within you is the cure for the disease that afflicts mobile technology.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Mobile Technology series.