Daily Devotions: Digital Faith

I-pod hymnbook

First, let me apologize for the last couple of days. I have been so busy setting up the new Coffee Club weekly studies that I have neglected to write these devotionals. I’d forgotten how much planning and preparation goes into initiating a new group, but it has been highly enjoyable and worthwhile. If you want to see how the study is progressing, you can visit the Erin Coffee Club blogsite at www.erincoffeeclub.blogspot.com .


Isaiah 48:6     You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? “From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.

Podcast version here 

Earlier today, I was reading a religious news items about a publishing company in Britain that is now producing digital hymnbooks. These can be downloaded onto I-pods, I-phones and Blackberries, giving church members the opportunity to bring them to worship on Sundays. Instead of telling people to turn off their cell-phones, pastors in the future may ask their congregants to turn them on. An Order of service can be downloaded and all of the music is produced digitally. There will be no need for traditional hymnbooks or musical instruments – the downloaded programs will produce what sounds are necessary.


Hmmm, sounds like worship from hell to me. It may be appropriate for soul-less robots to clinically digitalize hymn singing and accompaniment, but I prefer the human approach to worship. I love to hear the blend of voices and the soar of the organ in a worship service. Each singer sings from their hearts; each worshipper gives to God, and each organist that I have ever known expresses their love of God and Christian faith through the talents that He has given them. Replacing it all with digitalized hymnbooks would only alienate the worshiper from the worshipping community, and also separate them from the real and sacred presence of God.


Digital hymnbooks may make commercial sense to publishers, but in my book, they don’t understand that the true components of worship require human involvement, as well as the Divine.


Prayer:                        Lord Jesus, we are constantly barraged with new innovations and advanced technologies that are overtaking our lives. We thank You for those inventions that make life better for everyone. Keep us from embracing too much technology that potentially may isolate us from the community of faith and separate us from You. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.  


About stushie

I'm originally from Scotland and have been a Presbyterian pastor for over twenty years. I live in Knoxville, TN. I enjoy art as a means of therapy, but also as a creative way to strengthen my spiritual connection to God.
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