Friday, July 8, 2011

The Medium is the Message

Friday Reflection - 7/8

We all know the age of technology is good and bad.

Perusing one of my wife's books, The Core by Leigh Bortins, I came across the above phrase, "the medium is the message." This describes one of the potential downfalls of modern technology in education.

Children who spend a lot of time computing can confuse the medium for the message. The computer is supposed to be a medium for education, not the education itself.

In other words, the ability to tinker well on a computer is not equivalent to the core elements of reading, writing and comprehension.

The church is not unaffected. 

In Corinth, no technological medium, but preacher envy (cf. 1 Cor. 1:12) threatened to overtake the message.

Miracles were a medium, not the message (cf. Mk. 16:20). When Jesus perceived that this order was reversed, he called it "evil and adulterous, and he refused to utilize them (cf. Mk. 8:12; Lk. 11:29).

How about today? The latest technology now dons our facilities. Hopefully, an evil and adulterous generation will not persist.

Let us rejoice in the simplicity of the message, or risk worshiping the medium.

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