The Hyper-socialized Generation

2010 Ligonier Conference


Albert Mohler is the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and leading speaker and thinker in the evangelical world. In this 24 minute session from the 2010 Ligonier National Conference, he dissects the harmful current trend of  addiction to social media and mobile technology.



1 Corinthians 6:12 (ESV)

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12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.

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Six Things Christians Must Keep in Mind About New Media

  1. The digital revolution is here to stay and it’s not going anywhere.
  2. Parents must take control.
  3. The digital generation is undernourished.
  4. Technology addiction comes at a cost to relationships between parents and children.
  5. This is a challenge for the church.
  6. This is a challenge to ourselves first.

How does the digital revolution impact both you and your household? Did Dr. Mohler’s description describe your home? Or are you more like the modern scribe who avoids it at all costs?
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If you are a parent, what limits and rules do you set with your kids and their usage of media and technology?
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What limits and rules do you set for yourself and your usage of media and technology?
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Describe your own practices regarding reading and silence. How comfortable are you with silence? What good does it do you when you turn everything off?
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How often and what do you you read? How does your time with literature affect your relationship with the Lord?
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How has social media or constant access to the internet affected your relationships? Do you think you are closer to or further away from your friends and family because of this technology?
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What is one small change you can make right now to curb your possible (or certain) over-use of new media?
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Lastly, what do you think needs to be done? What should the next step for you and your family or for your church community because of what you have learned in this session?
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The digital revolution is not a passing fad, but now an entrenched necessity for the way we work and live.  The question then, is not how to avoid technology and social media, but how we can use these things in a redeemed manner for the good of our witness and our life in Christ.



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