BILLY GRAHAM

Our greatest need is not new technology, but a new heart

Updated: 2013-05-01T01:11:07Z

By BILLY GRAHAM

Tribune Media Services

D EAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’m kind of a technology geek, and when I walked through our local electronics store the other day, I suddenly realized that most of the products weren’t even around 20 years ago. Do you think technology could be the key to solving the world’s problems? — R.K.

DEAR R.K.: We live in a remarkable age, and sometimes I’m staggered by all the advances that have been made just in my lifetime. I still remember my father’s first radio — a crystal set that occasionally picked up stations (and lots of static) hundreds of miles away.

In some ways, we do live in a better world — and we should thank God for this, and for the abilities and opportunities he’s given to those who’ve made it possible. How many readers of this column are alive today because of advances in medicine that weren’t even dreamed of a century ago? What will another century bring?

But in other ways, we don’t live in a better world. In fact, some of the human race’s greatest scientific advances have also been used for great evil. Nuclear isotopes can be used to treat cancer — but also to make bombs. The Internet has led to a more efficient and prosperous world — but has also provided criminals and pornographers with new channels for destroying lives. The Bible warns of a time when “evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). Are we living in that day?

Our greatest need is not new technology, but a new heart — and that can only come as we turn to God and submit our lives to Jesus Christ. Have you committed your life to him? The Bible’s promise is still true: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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