12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke, Free for CAPC Members
In 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You, Tony Reinke presents the pitfalls of smartphone use and suggests a practical way forward.
This is part two of a series. Read part one here.
Enjoying Culture without being Consumed is a delicate balancing act, and I’m not claiming to be the tight-rope walker I ought to be. But I believe that we can gain our equilibrium if we remember a few truths:
At this point in the article I should give you Four Steps to Being Urgent, but that would be disingenuous. Like much of the New Covenant, we are given a lot of freedom in the time we spend on entertainment and the time we spend ministering to those around us, but that freedom demands constant discernment. At different times in our lives, if we are sensitive and discerning, we will have to completely shun the culture around us simply so that we have the time to minister to those in need. At other times, we might be using the culture around us to minister to those in need. Still other times we might just enjoy and praise what is excellently made in this world, thanking God for the creative abilities He gave us.
There is no simple law we can have to guide the way we balance our time except: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” and “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” It is my hope, and prayer, that as we discuss the latest film, game, TV show, etc, that we never lose sight of the urgency that Christ has called us to, so that we never elevate the culture around us to be more valuable than it really is, while still enjoying and praising it when it is excellent.
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