We humans are quite amazing but also astonishingly arrogant. Here we are, blessed by being given dominion over all things on earth and the brainpower to develop new technology which offers hope for a better life for all. At the same time. however, we somehow forget what is expected from us from God in return for those gifts. As the unknown writer of the Book of Hebrews tells us in the verse for today, those gifts are expected to be used to do God's will. And since all humans are sinners, bad choices are often made in our use of these gifts with results that don't measure up to His standard, in fact, they often defy Him.
Take our use of the land for one, a finite resource and one which when it is destroyed, is gone. With all the land that man has, we often use some of it for purposes which defy the laws of nature. Building cities in the swamp, sprawling compounds which have a foundation on water and flood easily is one. A huge, overcrowded city on the beach, located at the doorstep of the powerful sea and subject to nature's wrath is another. In such cases, we see much death and/or destruction because in our arrogance, usually coupled with greed, we put massive development in places that defy common sense. The result of the overcrowding and risk results in much anguish as beautiful environs become another eyesore. Just because we can do something doesn't mean we should.
Another example today is found with robotics. Robotics can be wonderful, using machines to perform mundane tasks that are boring and uninspiring as well as tasks of compiling a wealth of information in a small space. But we have to remember that those displaced need to find something else to do to earn a living and new opportunities and training need to be formulated. Otherwise, the welfare society becomes a permanent growth force. God expects us to help others when they're in need, but not as a hand out but a hand up. And then there are the uses of robotics that clearly don't measure up to what He has in mind for us, such as using robotics to serve as substitute partners in intimate matters. When minds wander from the good to other things that are murky, His will is being defied.
And there is the use of technology in the medical field. From creating wonderful pharmaceuticals and new surgical tools and devices to save lives and cut pain from physical suffering and death, we have devolved into the dark in so many ways. Gender neutrality, creating designer babies and ending life before it has even had a chance to be experienced, clearly don't measure up to what He has in mind.
Now these are just a few examples, but the point is that with our free will and our gifted minds, God expects us to use them to advance His will. Life, human relationships, our environment, and our lifestyle are all things that He expects to be dealt with according to His way. All we have to do is read the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount and it becomes clear what His will is. Yet we often turn away from it and use our talents instead for things that displease Him.
There will be a day of reckoning for each of us when this life is done. When we stand before Him as He reads the names in the Book of Life, if our name is not contained therein, we individually have a problem. When that happens it's too late. One step in the right direction is to demand that our technological advances are used in a way which meets His standard. Since we are created in His image, it's the least that we can do.
Dear Lord, We thank you for the advances in technology that you have blessed us with. Help us to always use them to further your way, not for purposes which defy you. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.