Monthly Archives: September 2014

Information Overload

Information Overload

By Rev. Dr. Judith L. Baumgartner 

September Edition

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight.


Technology has made Information availability so prevalent that we have become overwhelmed as well as dependent. With easy accessibility has come expectancy. With the all the past and current events of the world just one click away, we are expected to be masters of all knowledge. We become enslaved to our PDAs for the latest news on our BFs, stock prices, game scores, weather, etc. You name it; we can locate it and be updated about it any time of the day or night. Addicting? Yes. Overstimulating? Yes. Indoctrinating? Yes. We are progressively relying on technology to answer all our questions and solve all of our problems. This is disconcerting.


Subsequently, though technology has provided a catalyst for spreading the Gospel, we must keep it in perspective. We cannot allow it to overtake our lives and we particularly cannot permit it to replace the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit directs us with His counsel. Technology leads us by sight. Let us walk by faith, not by sight.


Father, may we check Your Word as often as we check our phone, email, and/or text messages. May the Holy Spirit, not our PDAs, guide our thoughts and plans. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!