Being born in the 1970s and growing up in the 80s has allowed me and my generation the opportunity to see the amazing technology explosion that has occurred over the last 40 years. I remember having a rotary phone, only four TV channels (and you actually had to get up and manually change the channel), and sending dad to the store with a list because there was no way to let him know you forgot something once he was gone (i.e. no cell phones). The idea of the internet was nonexistent, and the notion of actually watching TV during a long road trip...well...that was a dream beyond imagination!
And, yes, technology has allowed a great number of vulgar, vile, and vicious behaviors to become more easily achievable and accessible. However, it has also allowed unprecedented abilities which are not all bad or evil.
I was half way around the world in Korea, yet was able to see my family everyday day thanks to Skype. With a few clicks here and there, we can reconnect with folks we have not seen in over 30 years.
Former generations of preachers had to have hundreds and even thousands of physical books in their libraries that took up shelves upon shelves of space. Yet, I can access my entire library on my smartphone AND do so from anywhere in the world.
What previously took hours of painstaking research and detailed record keeping can now be done in seconds. For example, documenting every occurrence of a particular word and all its forms that take place in the New Testament might have taken months of research, but now that same task can be done in seconds.
Be aware that technology can be a dangerous thing in the wrong hands. Parents must safeguard against children accessing lewd material on the internet. Thieves are constantly on the prowl for whose identity they can steal next. A malicious individual may post slanderous words in an effort to hurt, malign, and tear down. YET...in spite of all of this, technology can also be used in amazing ways. A person in China can hear the Good News of Jesus from a preacher in Denver, Colorado. A Sunday morning sermon from Paducah, Kentucky can be seen by a family in Budapest, Hungary. A letter of encouragement can be written from Cambridge, England and then sent to a struggling brother in India. Despite its detestable potentials, I for one am thankful for all that technology has to offer.