Look around you. Technology is everywhere. From ovens with WiFi, to home security controlled from you cell phone, and even cars that park themselves. It’s seems like everyday some new incredible technological advancement is on the market to make our lives interesting or easier. There are certain technologies that used to be only seen in movies, but are quickly on the rise. How will the Church utilize virtual reality and augmented to help advance the Kingdom?
There is a trauma wound affecting more people than drugs or alcohol combined. It cuts deeper than flesh and bone, and works it’s way to the soul. It affects both the rich and poor alike without prejudice. It is the father wound, and it leaves a wake of destruction in its path more devastating than any natural disaster.
Did you know that nearly half of parents say they share fewer meals with their family than when they were growing up? Can you guess the number one cause? Technology. The table used to play a much more important role in our homes. Unfortunately, for many, we have let the table lose that place, and it’s time to reclaim the table.
We can debate for days when Christianity began to take that deep dive into a lack of influence. We can ramble statistics, point to a presidency, or even start blaming society for the downward spiral of our cultural influence. For as long as I can remember, all I have heard from the Church is “counter-cultural this” and “we need to stand counter-culturally against that.” Did we ever stop to think that all this counter cultural mumbo jumbo is actually hurting our message of the grace of God, rather than helping it? The truth is we were never called to be counter-cultural. We were called for something else.
The church today is standing before a technological landscape like it has never faced before. Technology, medicine, and science are accelerating at an unprecedented pace. Like Cortez, Lewis and Clark, Columbus, and countless other explorers we must face the uncharted technological wilderness that lies before us in the years and decades ahead.
Leadership today has turned into a multi-layered, multi-billion dollar industry. You can get degrees, go to seminars, read books, or watch YouTube lessons on how to be the world’s best leader in theory. But leadership isn’t about theory; it’s about experiential relationships. The greatest leader that ever lived gave us four principles for leadership that cross the membranes of family, business, and community to leave lasting impact and change.