The Theology of Technology (or that time my kid took Lego Robotics at LLFC)
My son signed up for a Lego Robotics session last summer during our week at LLFC. After a morning of biking and swimming, I was expecting another fun activity to fill a very hot afternoon. But it was so much more than that. Not only did my son love every second of this activity, but I (as a parent) was moved when I heard Marcus Goodyear (a full-time staffer from the Kerrville office and parent of LLYC alums) bring faith into the session. And he didn’t just pin a Bible verse on a Lego either! He started off the session by reminding campers of Mark 12:28-31, where Jesus says: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Goodyear went on to explain that technology often helps us build on one of the ways we are commanded to love God.
Strength: A car makes us stronger than we would be otherwise, so we can carry more and travel faster.
Mind: Google and Wikipedia help us access knowledge faster than we could otherwise.
Heart: Social media can help us share photos of what we love and engage with others.
Soul: Are there ways in which technology can help us love God more with our soul? (ex: apps that help us connect more deeply with God’s Word)
After each of these points, Goodyear then asked campers how they could use cars, search engines and social media/apps to love God and serve others.
And before he let the kiddos get to work building their Lego robots, he emphasized that technology is NOT neutral. “No matter what we intend to do with our technology,” Goodyear said, “it is important to remember that technology is never neutral.” Below he explains further:
The heart that fueled this activity had a huge impact on me as a parent. I will bring these truths home with me as we navigate our technology-heavy world. If you want an even bigger sneak peek into Lego Robotics at LLFT, check out the video below!