How Christians Use Technology

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"Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."  Genesis 2: 1-3

This past Sunday we looked at How Christians Use Technology.  The full sermon can be found here.  In looking at how Christians engage the digital world faithfully, we used Andy Crouch's book The Tech-Wise Family.  In that book, Andy puts forth ten commitments of the "tech-wise" family that we surveyed in the sermon.  We wanted to post the 10 commitments so you could think about them further and how you might implement one or two of them in your family.

The Ten Commitments of a Tech-Wise Family:

  • We develop wisdom and courage together as a family.
  • We want to create more than we consume. So we fill the center of our home with things that reward skill and active engagement.
  • We are designed for a rhythm of work and rest. So one hour a day, one day a week, and one week a year, we turn off our devices and worship, feast, play, and rest together.
  • We wake up before our devices do, and they “go to bed” before we do.
  • We aim for “no screens before double digits” at school and at home.
  • We use screens for a purpose, and we use them together, rather than using them aimlessly and alone.
  • Car time is conversation time.
  • Spouses have one another’s passwords, and parents have total access to children’s devices.
  • We learn to sing together, rather than letting recorded and amplified music take over our lives and worship.
  • We show up in person for the big events of life. We learn how to be human by being fully present at our moments of greatest vulnerability.  We hope to die in one another’s arms.

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