Technology & The Creation of the Mini-Celebrity

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Occasionally a human being who has accumulated some sort of worldly notoriety will break the unwritten rules.  A comment will leak to us muggles about how they actually would just like to be “normal.” This happened recently when Emma Watson thought she could escape her Harry Potter fame and attend college, in a quest to "be normal", she said.  Ms. Watson was trying to escape, she wanted a break from the constant barrage that fame brings.  Someone always wants, needs, something from you. College didn’t work out, she couldn't exist as a common wallflower, and she has since retreated and reignited her film career.

We have inflicted ourselves with that same poison of "fame". It may be on a small scale, but it is there.  The unchecked voicemail. The unwatched snap chat.  Receiving a notification for every “like” we get or the next posted Instagram.  We are consumed with a constant subconscious move to check our devices.  I see it everywhere, ofttimes severing potential human interaction.

We have become too accessible. We don’t know how to turn it off. Then we have the gall to be upset at God when we don’t hear anything from God…

Are you willing to disconnect with technology long enough to connect with God?

If not, what idols have you put before God?

If not, are you trying to be their savior?

When was the last time you had a conversation that went uninterrupted by a buzz, ring, bling, phone answer, etc?

Cut off the stream.

Turn off.

Refocus.

 

Scripture:

Mark 1:35 (NIV): "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed."

Leviticus 19:4 (NIV): "Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the Lord your God. "