God Uses Technology To Redeem - Part 5 of 5: You Are Invited To Participate

Christopher Benek

Continued from God Uses Technology To Redeem - Part 4 of 5: All Will Be Digitally Revealed

Scripture:Ephesians 4:25-5:2, NRSV

Location: First preached at Grace Presbyterian Church of Ft. Worth, Florida

The great grace of God is that, in Jesus Christ, we have been freed from the paralysis caused by fear. We have been freed from being slaves to the injustices that we have done and those that have been done against us.

This does not mean that we forget such injustices. This does not exclude such injustices from informing our context. It doesnt even mean, that for the time being, such injustices against us will necessarily cease to cause us suffering along the way. What it does mean though, is that the injustices committed against us will not be what ultimately defines our future. The bullies dont get to determine how the story ends.

We may face hardships but Jesus has started a redemptive process in the world. It is a process that we are invited to participate in. And when we do so - when we follow Christs teachings - then we actually are able to stop perpetuating the cycle of abuse that we thrust, either knowingly or unknowingly, upon one another.

What is fantastic is that now we live in a technological age where we have the tools to better hold each other accountable. You might not have known your friend was a complete jerk until they got on Facebook. Now you do. So now you can speak the truth to them in love and imitate Godly behavior for them so as to stop the cycle of bad behavior.

Just like thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy so too must internet trolls give up berating their friends and acquaintances regarding politics and click bait journalism.

Jesus invites us to be better. And, by the grace of God, using the blessings of the tech weve been given we not only can be better but we will.

As God spoke in Isaiah 43:1 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name, you are mine.

In the name of our Protector, our Savior and the Great Motivator of our Redemption,

Amen

Reality Changing Observations:

Q1. Of all of the things Paul advises in Ephesians 4:25-5:2 what do you think is the most difficult to follow and why?

Q2. What other ways do you think technology can help us to participate in Christs redemptive purposes on Earth?

Q3. What do you think are the most reverent and thought-provoking ways to think about the Trinity of God?

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