Power

Sara Leo

READ : Deuteronomy 8:1-20

Beware lest you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.” You shall remember the Lord your God. (vv. 17-18)

My parents recently got new cell phones. They chose the most up-to-date models with
Internet access. After playing around with them for a while, my dad said, “Technology is
scary.” Though he was being sarcastic, the power of technology can be overwhelming. We
should be thinking about whether technology may give us too much power.

One recent debate centers on how the power of technology has changed modern war. In
places like Iraq and Afghanistan unmanned planes called `predator drones’ carry out
attacks on people from thousands of miles away. The debate is certainly too complex to be
carried out on this page, but the questions being asked are essential. Should people have
the power to kill by remote control? Is this kind of technology ethical or fair? And what
about innocent bystanders who sometimes are harmed by mistake, so-called “collateral
damage”?

These are not easy questions and may not have simple answers, but one thing is clear
from the Bible. God urges us to remember that our wealth (including technology) is not our
own. All we have comes ultimately from him. So what we do with technology matters to God.
We must be thankful for power that technology offers us and careful to use that power in
the right place and for the right reasons. Beware lest we grow proud of our power and
might, and forget God.

PRAYER

May our power never outgrow our humility.