Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Talk to Me Tuesday

The other week when I asked you for your opinion about returning to work (which by the way, I turned in my resume but as of yet haven't heard anything) I was very intrigued by your answers and thoughts on a wife and mom at my stage of life returning to work. It sparked a thought in me for my blog about doing a weekly run on subjects that can be debated (in good taste). I've always been of the opinion that everyone's opinion is valid and worth listening to. It doesn't mean that we agree with each other but that we respect each other enough to listen and take into consideration someone else's thoughts.

So on Tuesdays for the next few weeks we are going to try Talk to Me Tuesday to see how turn out is. If it seems to be going in a good direction, we'll run with it. If not we'll back up and try something else.

This Tuesday I'm curious about something that was brought up in church last night....

In our world of ever changing technology, some people are using their cell phones in place of their Bibles. With all the new apps and the availability of the web wherever you go, you can just pull out your cell and read the Word off of there. You can take notes on your cell as well.

For me, this is a big no-no. Yes, I know what you're reading off of your phone, is the same thing I'm reading out of the Book in my hand. But, for me, where do we draw the line and say, "Enough is enough!". I know people of all ages who have no idea how to look up a verse in the Bible. Be it from the fact they've not studied the Word and so they just don't know to this techno thing where they can just type it in and boop! it pops up. For me, the respect factor for the Word of God is lost when we stand up in church for the reading of the Word and some are holding Bibles, some are looking at the screen up front and some are holding their phones.

I'm going to stay with the physical, hold it in my hand, hard copy of the Word of God.

How about you?

Talk to me!!!

(Hey!! Don't forget about leaving that comment!!..it gives you another chance to enter my give-a-way!!!)


Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I personally would not do it, (I'm not that comfortable with my cell phone)but...If this helps people get into God's Word because it is a technology they are comfortable with, Then I don't see anything wrong with it. As long as God's Word hasn't been changed, it remains the same yesterday, today and forever. People are now attending virtual churches. Yes, it seems strange, but they are in fellowship with other believers even if they are not meeting face to face. The purpose of the church is to build each other up, teach and edify one another through songs, reading of the Word and prayer. I think it's being done in a different way then what we are used to and it is reaching some people who would never darken the door of a church.

That's my opinion! You asked! LOL!

Betty said...

Stacie said it well. It´s basically what I believe also. As long as the Word of God is not changed, I think it´s ok.

Sandy said...

I don't think it's a matter of right and wrong. I personally prefer my regular Bible, but God's Word is God's Word whether it's on paper or on a screen. Its power is not diminished in any way because it's in digital format. There are many advantages to digital media--portability (goes just about anywhere except swimming), searchability (this is not a word, but you know what I mean), and accessibility (KJV is probably free). Like I said above, I still prefer my leather-bound Bible, but I wouldn't mind having an e-reader with a copy of the Word.

Teresa Dawn said...

I say it depends on the situation. If it takes time away from sitting down in quiet and reading the bible daily and reflecting on it, if you think of it as a replacement, then no.

If it's on your cellphone and you are out, shopping or whatever and don't have a bible but suddenly feel the need to read a verse or wonder what it says about something, then that's great!

But what do I know, I'm not high-tech enough to own a cellphone!

Jane In The Jungle said...

I am a bookie instead of techie.....and I did not even know this about cell phones. But in saying that, one thing I am trying to teach my youth class at church is that you can find the word anywhere...Bible, magazines, online, etc. so therefore they have no excuse not to be in the Word...it's AVAILABLE everywhere you look so use it. And I guess cell phones would go along with that......but don't get me started on someone using their cell phone for other purposes during my class like happened last night!!