Today’s church is using technology like never before to spread the gospel to the masses. The bible is more readily available in many versions and many languages free of charge to anyone who wishes to download it. Sermons are broadcasted and accessible to the entire world across the Internet. As a technocrat myself I love the advancements we have made in the church with regards to technology, but I ask have we gone too far?
In college I had a roommate who I would invite to church sometimes and sometimes he would come sometimes, but for the most part he would stay home and study and listen to worship songs and downloaded sermons to get his dose of church for that Sunday. He told me this helped sustain him through college.
We were having a discussion about where the church is heading and he told that he sees the church building going away and that many people will be doing what he is doing and having church by themselves in the privacy of their home or dorm room. Four years later I see remote or network churches appearing all over the world. You may be asking yourself what is a remote or a network church? Well, imagine going into a building and watching a preacher preach on a widescreen projector, praying amongst the fellow believers there and then going home. This is a network church. Now imagine sitting in your room and watching this same service at home. That would be a remote church. Now I am an avid fan of the use of technology in the church but technology cannot and must not replace the fellowship of the saints. Hebrews 10:25 states:
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24, 25 NIV)
In this scripture we are encouraged to not stop meeting together and encouraging one another because this is what helps to keep us grounded and focused. I am an introverted person, but there is a completely different feeling when you are gathered together with a group of people of the same mind set. There is an anointing there that is not the same when you are watching a preacher on tv. So what do you think? Leave you comments below…