Enough with Technology!

Brian Bauknight



A while ago, I spent portions of several days bogged down in technology.  Enamored by several new kinds of personal equipment that is supposed to (a) save money and (b) make like easier, I achieved neither!  Without boring you with the details, it had to do with home phone service, cell phone technology, and the attendant computer connections.

The irony is that none of the intended changes were really necessary.  But I was attracted, lured, manipulated, and sucked into a quagmire of issues and questions far beyond my technological competence.  One changeover was supposed to take 10-14 days to complete somewhere in cyberspace.  Instead, it consumed two months.  Another took me deeper and deeper into unknown computer territory.  Even a few “experts” I called in were temporarily baffled.
Recently, I was reading a devotional piece from Oswald Chambers.  He caught my attention.  He writes, “I must be willing to admit when I begin to examine what controls and dominates me is that I am the one responsible for having yielded myself to whatever it may be.”  Later he says, “When you yield to something, you will soon realize the tremendous control it has over you.”  In my journal, I indicated that this is exactly what happened.  I wasted considerable time and smaller amounts of money trying to be in touch with the most modern systems of communication. 
Somewhere, we must establish a “theology of enough” in our lives.  I am regularly working through the technology muddle to arrive at that point.  And I sought to engage God in a prayerful covenant to make “the newest and most interesting” less important in my life. Perhaps that is why I have resisted being conversant with “Twitter” or “Linked In” or “Pinterest” for example.  And why I still have an iphone 4 instead of the latest upgrade.
The power and the lure of the latest, the coolest, and the clever are strong.  The need for any of it is minimal or even non-existent.  I ask God to help me move away from time-consuming, energy wasting pursuits toward the higher pursuit of the “upward call of Christ Jesus.” 
Maybe my experience will help some of you move toward this same higher calling.  In truth, this call is the only call that finally matters.


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