A Touchless Society

April 30, 2016
by Iris Ford

What do we really want in this life: a bigger apartment, a cute little puppy, enough food so that we will be strong and active, a good job, a loving spouse, the latest smartphone? This modern culture is not an easy, enjoyable one. Although smartphones are valuable in their rightful time and place, poring over our smartphone or staring at the television leaves us sitting in silence, rarely responding to those around us and often being left out of the sharing going on nearby. When we go out for lunch, at the tables around us, there are so many people sitting silently, staring at their smartphones, paying no attention to other people. Thinking that they are connected, they are actually isolated in their own interests.

Is the pattern of this modern, western world a good one? Where is God? Why are we so isolated? When I sit down and ponder about fitting into the current culture, I ask myself, what is missing? Some call this modern society a touchless society. Few are personally reaching out to each other. Many families lack the support of relatives, as family members are spreading out all over the world, and we no longer know even our neighbours. What is it that pleases us now? Is it direct, speedy communications that are so impersonal? How do we break out of this pattern?

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)

We need to renew our minds! I reach out through music as the Holy Spirit fills me with the praises of God. Yes, we need to raise our voices and sing many praises of our God. We need to spread the love of God through caring and sharing with one another. This goes much deeper than just touching one another or using a smartphone. When Jesus was on this earth, He went about reaching out, personally touching the sufferers at the soul level, leading people to accept Him.

Today, Jesus calls each of us to reach out beyond this touchless society, spreading His love to one and all. With the Holy Spirit's guidance, let us reach out to each other with His love. That will take a renewing of personal relationships as we share the love of God.

Prayer: Dear God, please renew our minds today with the Holy Spirit so that we will see and think over all that claims us for the wonderful fellowship of real sharing through Jesus Christ, reaching out in love to many others who feel isolated, lonely, or depressed. Amen.

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Iris Ford
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Spot on!!!!


    Good reminder Iris.


    Amen to these sentiments. Praying we become a hugging society instead of the touchless one we’ve been. Blessings.


    “Touchless,” but touching only the smartphone.
    Dear Iris,
    You have it right.
    I hope and pray that people will touch the Lord’s Word in the smart phone.
    Keep writing, Iris.
    Praying for you, and for all who pray and write, and speak, and translate the Word of God.


    Hello Iris:
    You hit the nail on the head! That’s a great devotional!
    We need to put the cell phones down and start talking to and caring about each other. I know I have to be careful with my phone and often just put it away for awhile. God Bless! Keep writing.
    (ON)


    Thank you for this wonderful message you share and am really blessed with every message that you guys a sharing devotional. I like this message and it is so true in this world right now. i have seen and experience all this things, its blinding people’s mind, face book in phones, different social networks, but we need to pray every day for every one around the world and that, every day, every one should praise him. I like like the verse you share on Romans 12:2, I was reading this verse last week and Helps me more.
    I believe every message you share is a message for me and every one.
    Thank you very much and God bless you who share this message.


    Hi Iris
    An inspiring, timely devotion
    My wife and I were on holiday this spring. Our resort featured a magnificent restaurant that we were enjoying along with our conversation. Three Yuppies were seated next to us…and spent the next 30 minutes rarely talking to each other, but very busy – each of them – “talking” to friends on their cells, seemingly oblivious to the fantastic surroundings, food and their friends. It was like life was speeding by them and all they had to do was look up…but instead they missed it. Sad.
    Blessings .


    Dear Iris,
    As for today’s devotional,
    You’re so right, but the way the electronics continue to come up with new “toys” everyone seems to have to have one. Even putting 1, 2, 3 different versions of the Bible kind of gets to me. Some people don’t take a Bible anymore. I like to take my Bible with me.
    I also watch some in church who are constantly on their cells throughout the entire service, having nothing to do wit the Bible or sermon. In other words, not only don’t I see and end, but a worsening. We have so few young people in church and it’s the parents who are guilty.


    Hello Iris, This was a very interesting topic you picked as it is so true.
    We are so connected, but really we are not. An incident we saw of a young couple in their 30’s, who came into a restraunt and were lead to their seats and immediately they both went for their phones and began texting and doing whatever. They spoke to the waitress and went back to what they were doing and food came and they ate and texted and They spoke very little, finished, got up and left. We were stunned.
    Our lives can be distracted from our faith if we get wrapped up in so many other things and one could get trapped into another way of life away from God.
    We have become a Computerized Telecommunicated trapped world. Now saying that, there
    Is some good to this, but it’s controlling it in our lives, that it doesn’t over take it.
    I have been pretty good on picking out your devotions, with in the first paragraph or two.
    Keep up the good work. You keep us thinking.


    Appreciated your devotional today. God bless you.
    (Ontario)


    Another lovely thought-provoking message Iris. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings!



    Iris – you are right on with this devotional. Technology is wonderful – if used in moderation like all things. Somehow, I cannot picture Jesus, teaching by the Sea of Galilee, with with an IPAD in his hand!

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