Reformed faith salsa style

I thought of you when I read this quote from “The Next Story: Faith, Friends, Family, and the Digital World” by Tim Challies –

“n to enter his eyes and his soul. It is no coincidence that the explosive availability of pornography has happened alongside — and, more accurately, through — the digital explosion. The woman who makes an idol of the love of money can now use her computer and her connection to the Internet to engage in online gambling, winning hundreds but losing thousands. She will use it to spend the money she makes and to fritter away the money she can’t afford to be without. A few years ago, I met a woman, a psychologist by training, who lived in a home that was stacked from floor to ceiling with boxes, bags, clothes, furniture, books and just about anything else you could imagine. A recluse who had given herself over to the idol of stuff, she spent her days using her computer to order more things over the Internet. She lived in squalor, her home crawling with rodents, narrow paths carved through her mountains of possessions. She spent her days and nights sitting and sleeping on a dirty old couch, surrounded by all of her stuff, miserable — a slave to her idol. Digital technology aided and abetted her idolatrous desire for possessions by giving her an easy, new way of buying things, objects that she hoped would give her the life she wanted. This woman was a clear picture of the truth that our hearts are idol factories, constantly seeking new ways to usurp God’s place in our lives. Yes, technology can be an idol in our hearts, one of the ways we replace God. But far more commonly, digital technology is a means to further the power of other idols. Technology, a good gift of God, is a gift that gets perverted and used to satisfy our selfish and evil desires.”

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