We live in a world captivated by new technology and gadgets. Billions of dollars worldwide go into developing and marketing mobile phones, computers, entertainment systems and so on. There seems to be no end to man’s insatiable thirst for this kind of consumerism and both young and old eagerly await the next wave of innovation.

And here we are in the middle of all of this change. Some of us are bewildered by this rapid rate of transformation. Others amongst us are bemused by the folly of it all. Still yet others embrace it with a shrug of the shoulders as if to say that it is all inevitable and what’s all the fuss about.

If we stand back and objectively look at our society, I think that most of us would agree that our society is not morally better off for all this innovation. In fact, with most things that man creates there is always a dark side and the ease with which people can access immoral material is truly frightening. How often does man realise his potential to do wickedly!

Consider for a moment the simple e-mail. E-mails back and forth have pushed us into a generation that expects things to happen instantaneously. Whereas before we were content with waiting for correspondence the old fashioned way, now we become impatient if someone hasn’t answered within a few minutes.

We have become part of a society that is impatient, dissatisfied with anything that is old and rarely content with a simpler way of life. Entertainment good and bad is easy to get and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your house either.

What are the effects of all this? Well, our focus in this issue of the magazine is about the effects technology has on our spirituality. We will be looking at the subtle shift in attitude that has accompanied the modern age and we will be asking each brother and sister to examine themselves as they live in an increasingly demanding world.

The wonderful thing about all this change is that it should create in us a yearning for a different and less stressful age. The Son of God has a ‘technological’ revolution waiting in the wings.

“Behold”, he declares, “I make all things new” (Rev 21:5). In Isaiah 65:17 God recorded this promise about Jerusalem:

“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”

Imagine for a minute this revolution! It is likened to a great earthquake which will sweep away everything which we have become accustomed to. Jerusalem today is part of the western world full of sophisticated infrastructure and technology, full of enmity and distress. The changes God will make, however, will be so effective, that its whole lifestyle and turbulent past, as well as its troublesome present, will never be remembered again. It won’t even cross people’s minds!

May this series of articles stimulate us to take stock of where we are going and allow us to take a step back from this difficult age and reassert our spiritual values once more. In the words of 2 Peter 3:11–14: “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”