As technology is becoming an integral part of almost every individual nowadays, it is impossible to ignore its impact on Christian communities. Modern churches heavily use technological advances, such as projectors or internet communication, websites and social networks, such as facebook and tweeter, in order to convey their message to a larger audience in a more efficient way. However, this trend has both benefits and problems, which should be considered before making conclusions about the influence technology has on the religion.
Firstly, modern means of communication such as cell phones and internet provide a unique opportunity to keep in touch with families and friends, support them during the time of hardship and share their happiness. Secondly, technology offers a medium for people all over the world to get together on various blogs, chatrooms, facebook groups etc. and share their ideas and experiences, offer support and discover all the facets of their faith together. Moreover, technology allows easier knowledge transfer, by providing portable devices, such as bookreaders and smartphones, for storing and easily accessing information on Christianity.
However, every benefit comes at a cost, and technology is not an exception. One of the primary concerns of the church is the obsession some people develop for electronic media and devices. Too often nowadays people tend to replace personal relationships with online communication in social networks and via e-mail, which completely contradicts the core concepts of Christianity and diverts people from exercising genuine faith. Conversely, there are some people in church communities who are not well familiar with the new technology due to their age or personal circumstances. Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that those people are not left out, to maintain constant communication with them through alternative media, such as letters, and to make them feel an essential part of the community.
Technology nowadays has firmly come into our lives and religion, however we should not forget about its potential threats and the benefits it can provide, once used wisely.