Could Technology Be the Biggest Threat to Our Kids’ Faith?
Certainly, the host of intellectual challenges our young people face are a threat to their faith, such as the atheistic arguments of a college professor or the anti-Christian views of a secular culture. But how often does the typical evangelical kid face the arguments of an atheist or a skeptic? Here and there, but it’s probably not a daily encounter. Of course, we still must equip our kids with good apologetics and worldview-thinking so they’re able to deal with skeptical challenges to Christianity.
However, how often will our kids face the challenges of technology? Every. Single. Day. Technology is omnipresent in a student’s world. Whether it’s the internet, social media, or their smartphones, students are bombarded daily—no, hourly—with the pressures and provocations of technology. And those challenges can be just as powerful as the challenges of the atheist or skeptic.
- Make students passive and apathetic.
- Create distracted young minds.
- Decrease student’s desire and ability to read.
- Decrease student’s attention spans and the ability to think and concentrate.
- Decrease our ability to think deeply and carefully.
- Create addiction to the screen. (Indeed,some research suggests teens are replacing their drug addiction with smart phone Teens are addicted to social media, as well.)
- Rewire a student’s brain.
- Inculcate the values of pop culture.
- Allow unfettered access to pornography.
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