There’s something to be said for the Amish lifestyle. It’s simple. It’s beautifully simple. An abundance of technology complicates our lives in ways we can’t understand by stressing us out with things that we think we need. I always believed that fact but it became really apparent to me when I lived a year in the Philippine provinces. How happy I was without my modern conveniences!
My time spent in the provinces was not an ignorant bliss, there were things I missed out of necessity. When I caught Typhoid fever that was followed by Dengue, I would have
loved died for a good hospital. Not having one nearby, as well as living rather poor, I treated myself medically (I’m alive by grace). The need for good technology becomes apparent when you don’t have it.
Technology also provides us simpler things. Air-conditioning comes to mind. Let’s not forget heaters if you live in a cold weather area. Yes indeed, technology gives us many things that we have come to know and love. We work doubly hard to maintain those things that we have come to know and love. The Amish see that clearly and they opt out of that madness.
The Amish lifestyle (as my former Filipino lifestyle) is purely a choice that is not for everyone. Whether or not you’re happy with modern conveniences though, there’s a good reason why you should be ever appreciative of our semi-conductor society (even if from a distance). The growing abundance of applied science and its use is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.
Let’s consider a simple verse from the book of Revelation:
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. (Rev 11:8-9)
If we interpret this passage literally (and hermeneutically we must) then, a hundred years ago, men must have wondered greatly how all the world could see the bodies of the two witnesses mentioned here. Today, with the marvels of television and the internet, this is a no-brainer. We see live broadcasts all the time.
This is only one example of how technology fulfills Bible prophecy. The scriptures are filled with numerous passages that fit the example. Our worlds growth in understanding science is a major stage setting factor that can not be underscored in biblical interpretation. Whether or not you like modern conveniences, their presence is a gentle reminder that our hope is yet to come.
Churches are all buzzed up about how to use technology (specifically the internet) to expand their ministries. That’s not a bad thing but honestly I feel that most have missed the point of science altogether. Sci-tech shouldn’t be a tool for ministry as much as it should be a catalyst for it.
The appreciation I recommend for all things techno related is not about smart phones, X-boxes, or even self-driving cars and the ease conveniences bring to our modern lives. To what degree you embrace those things to enhance your life is between you and God. I only recommend you appreciate technology for what it truly is, a signal flare in a very dark world.