(Written By Ricky Scaparo) If you just look around today you will notice that a majority of people are always looking down at their phones. Even while they’re at dinner with families or even behind the wheel of their vehicles they are constantly looking down at their mobile devices. It appears that an entire generation has been swallowed into their devices and are losing touch with reality. In fact, it’s so bad that even health officials have recently sounded the alarm regarding the consequences of always looking down at their devices.
In fact, a recent article from CNN revealed how more and more people are now suffering from “Text-Neck” from leaning over a table or slumped back in a chair on your device with your head tilted forward and your shoulders curved. The article emphasized that “Text Neck is not just a texting problem,” says Dr. Dean Fishman. “Text neck is a gaming problem. Text neck is an e-mailing problem.”
Although there is definitely health consequences here let’s discuss how many people have been killed on highways from drivers carelessly texting while driving. Texting while driving is now the leading cause of death among teenagers – surpassing drinking and driving, according to a study by Cohen Children’s Medical Center. According to this study that was done back in 2013 the report concluded that:
– More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving
– Approximately 2,700 teens are killed in drunk driving accidents
– More than 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving
now to make things even worse, We now have a new game craze that has people looking down at their mobile devices while driving, walking or running around looking for a video game character. The result of this has already produced multiple car accidents, near deaths and injuries.
Now for the spiritual side to this. It’s amazing how so many people young and old have been swallowed up in their mobile devices and have many times lost touch with reality and are ensnared to their phones. now when considering that many times in the Word of God the Lord instructs us to be “Sober” at the time of the end we begin to see a different view of things for sure. For example:
1 Thessalonians 5:5-7 – Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. The term “Sober” here means to not be intoxicated. Although the primary meaning here is to abstain from being drunk with alcohol, this term also has a deeper meaning when looking at the passage from Luke Chapter 21 Below:
Luke 21:34-36 – “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day comes on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Jesus is warning us that the generation that sees all the things he spoke of marking his arrival of his soon return would also be a generation that would be flooded with temptations that would attempt to “Weigh Down” or keep drunk or intoxicated with distractions that would become a snare and cause us to be unprepared in the End. Perhaps this is why the write of Hebrews said:
Hebrews 12: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
And finally, I noticed one day two verses that really hit home with this topic in which the lord emphasized in both passages to “LOOK UP” implying we were looking DOWN. How many divine appointments have we missed from God, how many people in need did we pass over, How much time have we wasted on FB, Twitter, Instagram, Games, and the list goes on ? Reality is that time is running out and the enemy is using our very technology to turn people into walking zombies and believers are being weighed down with a constant flood of distractions. Remeber Jesus warned that his return would be a “snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:28 – And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
John 4:35 – Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.