I wanted to say that this is a follow-up to a previous blog post about the coming zombie apocalypse that has been ushered in thanks to the mobile phone. In reality, this will tie in with that post rather nicely (I hope).
A friend of mine pointed me to an article she read in an online publication called the Atlantic.
In the article, the author, Jean M. Twenge told the story of a 13-year-old girl named Athena (not her real name) who lived in Houston, Texas. The author asked how she spent her summers and Athena said that her and her friends would go to the mall about once a month and hang out.
Most of the time, though, she and her friends would spend time together on their phones using Snapchat. They try to keep up their Snapstreaks. The rest of the time Athena (not her real name) spent time alone in her room on her phone. She said that that’s just the way her generation is. “We didn’t have a choice to know any life without iPads or iPhones. I think we like our phones more than we like people.”
I’ve seen this as well. And I didn’t study is the way the author did. Simple observation of people can tell you a lot. Almost any direction you turn, you’ll see people walking around on their phones, either talking with someone or looking down at their Facebook feed.
I grew up in a generation where we didn’t have smart phones or iPads or any kind of device that started with an ‘i.’
If you wanted to make a phone call, you stuck your finger in the hole of the first number, spun the dial clockwise until it hit the little gold stop and then let go. Then you did that six more times and waited for it to ring.
Maps didn’t start with the name ‘Google;’ it started with ‘Rand McNally.’ If you wanted to get someplace you’ve never been, you plotted your course on a good old-fashioned map and brought it with you to make sure you got there.
It was a much simpler time, filled with conversations with people who were face to face rather than through a text message. You played board games at night with your family; you read books (yes, books with actual paper pages).
Believe me, I’m not a ‘fuddy-duddy.’ I work in the technology field so I’m not unfamiliar with it. I think that we are becoming a nation lost in the maze of bits and bytes swirling around in the ether.
What does all this have to do with the coming great Deception? Plenty, I think.
Many of us have now turned into the ‘Heads Down Generation’ (that’s my own phrase, copyright pending…just kidding). Jesus warned us that there will be a great deception coming where even the elect shall be deceived. What better way to have that happen then through mobile devices that everyone is constantly starting into?
We are living in an age of fake news where anything, fact checked or not, is believed to be true. We access this news on our mobile devices or laptops. Can you imagine sending something over the air that causes everyone to believe whatever the anti-christ says?
As Christians, we need to be more aware of our surroundings and what’s happening beyond the shiny hand-held devices we carry. Some of us may fall into the same trap as those who are not saved.
If you’re not saved, give yourself a fighting chance and come to Jesus. I can’t guarantee an easy ride but it’ll be better than the one the deceived will be on.