Disciple-Making in the Domain of Science and Technology

Not only is God just and kind in all His ways, the Savior of the world, and the Lord of our lives, He’s also the most intelligent and wise person in the entire universe!  Since God is the author of both the Scriptures and Science, there is complete harmony between them.  As Galileo (1564-1642) wrote, “The world is the work and the Scriptures the word of the same God.”  Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), a German mathematician and astronomer, and a contemporary of Galileo’s, expressed it this way, “The tongue of God and the finger of God cannot clash.”

Kepler, whose discovery of the three laws of planetary motion laid the foundation for Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, was a devout follower of Jesus.  He regarded his study of the physical universe as “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”  His endeavors demonstrated for us Psalm 11:2, “Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.”  Kepler saw himself as “a high priest in the book of nature, religiously bound to alter not one jot or tittle of what it had pleased God to write down in it.”  In light of this view, when revealing the motivation behind his work he wrote, “Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God in regard to the book of nature, it befits us to be thoughtful, not of the glory of our minds, but rather, above else, the glory of God.”

Over the last century-plus, the gap between God and science has widened, in part due to science’s share in the increased secularization of Western culture.  There is a tremendous need for godly men and women who call science their vocation/calling to step into the “disciple-making gap” and shape hearts and minds with the wonder of God’s Word and His Works.

Let me shift gears and focus for a moment on technology—which likely represents the most remarkable advancement in our lifetime.  When I realize that I hold significantly more power and memory in my iPhone than the astronauts had on board Apollo 11 when it went to the moon—it is staggering!  Nevertheless, this fact represents the supersonic speed of the world of technology.

I remember sitting in front of the first edition of Mac computers in the 1980’s, learning the basics, while being told “one day you’ll sit at your computer and have access to more information at your fingertips than you could ever imagine.  The sheer wonder today is not only how it all works, but in the reality that within three minutes I can see the top news story of the day, catch part of a football game live, be messaged on Facebook by someone I haven’t heard from since high school, get a text from my daughter, and order my wife’s birthday present at the same time!  Those capabilities are not only remarkable, but they have been our norm for quite some time.

How does Jesus intend for us to use technology for His kingdom purposes?  How will we disciple future generations who work with these technologies in the ways of God?  How do we make sure that technology is there to serve us and that we don’t become enslaved to it?  These are the kinds of questions disciples called to this vocation will continually need to wrestle through with the latest gadget in one hand and the Scriptures in the other.  Or, as they are referencing the Scriptures on their latest gadgets!

Reflection Points: the Character of God and Science & Technology

  • He’s the Author of Life(Acts 3:15)
  • He’s the Source of Creation (Genesis 1-2)
  • It’s for Him, by Him, and through Him that all things exist (Romans 11:36; Hebrews 2:10)
  • He is the beginning and the end (Revelation 21:6; 22:13)
  • He was and is and is to come (Revelation 4:8)
  • He’s unsearchable (Psalm 145:3; Isaiah 40:28)
  • He’s our source of wonder (Exodus 15:11; Job 5:8-9; Psalm 77:14)