Technology can make our lives easier and more efficient than ever. But it can also slowly numb our affections to the things that matter most.
It’s pretty hard to overstate how the computer altered our lives. And as I listen through his old sermons, I’m struck by how quickly Pastor John knew that the microprocessor would change all our lives — bring computers into our homes and then eventually bring smartphones into our pockets. He saw the implications of this computerized world decades ago, way back while he was shopping for his first computer in the early years of his pastorate. He explains some of those implications in a sermon from the spring of 1984. Our new digital powers would be bewitching. Our gadgets would take hold of our affections. Computers bring tremendous blessings to our lives, but they can also corrupt our hopes and affections. Here’s Pastor John explaining how, from 36 years ago.