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Hello Computer, May I Worship You?

March 4, 2010

Have you ever thought about your computer as something you worship?  It can be used for so many good things, but it can become one of the worst idols possible.    Guest blogger Jeff Fellers from Tennessee shares some interesting thoughts from Isaiah 44 (a passage on idolatry) and connects it to how we worship our computers.   

 ISAIAH 44:16-18

 

16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire;
       over it he prepares his meal,
       he roasts his meat and eats his fill.
       He also warms himself and says,
       “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”

 17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol;
       he bows down to it and worships.
       He prays to it and says,
       “Save me; you are my god.”

 18 They know nothing, they understand nothing;
       their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,
       and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

 

Each day we log on and bask in the vast frontier of the World Wide Web. We check our email,  read the news, check out our friends on Facebook, all good pursuits. Just like in the verses of Isaiah- all legitimate uses of the computer.  

 

Then we cross over and are drawn to the darkness of our new addiction.  Very quickly, our computers move from becoming a tool to an object of stumbling.  We start out with innocent searches but move very quickly to becoming consumed our searching.   

Isaiah 44:16-18 talks about how some poor soul makes an idol out of wood and worships it… Please save me, you are my god he cries.  You have to be kidding, wood?    

But this person has a deep relationship with the “wood” he uses for fire and for roasting meat.  He depends on it, calls to it for help, bows down to it, and prays to it.  He has bonded with this thing that God created for good.   

Now replace the word “wood” with COMPUTER. 

 

Some of us would deny that we were online porn or sex addicts.  But if we don’t get our “worship time” in front of our computers, we experience the same withdrawals, and mood swings that any drug or alcohol addict would feel.      

Reread and hear the words of verse 18 and understand that our devotion to our computer is not going to meet the deep needs in our heart.    

           

FINDING HOPE
Only a short time ago I was worshipping my computer and had a deep bond with it.   

A key step for me was admitting I was out of control.  Then I started to take other actions like visiting  a Christian Counselor, finding an accountability group like Celebrate Recovery, and amazing resources like Porn to Purity.   

Right now I’m working to turn it around and say:  “Hello GOD, may I worship you today?”    

John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  

  

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