Here’s an attempt at a solution for inclusion of technology in everyday life. It seems that over the years, we’ve become accustomed to the constant use and interruption of a communication device whether they be a simple cell phone or smart phone. The rings and dings have become a part of life. These devices become anti-productive when they interfere or disrupt the context of our setting. I’m talking specifically about church at this point. We need to be good stewards of these devices. Like many of you, I use a smart phone to receive a multitude of emails, texts, voice calls, and tweets a day. But, I must realize and adhere to certain boundaries regarding the use of this device. Here are some suggested communication device boundaries for church.
- Every worshipper should “silence” or place on “airplane mode” their communication device upon entering the building. It’s a good habit and ensures that your device will not create a disturbance during the service.
- If you are expecting an urgent phone call, please place your phone on “vibrate” and either wait in the foyer for your call or sit adjacent to an exit allowing you the opportunity to move quickly into a foyer to respond to your call. Please do not answer your device in the worship centers or chapel.
- Please refrain from texting or replying to emails on your device during the service. Your interaction with your communication device creates a disturbance for those around you. Your involvement with the device may cause you to miss a significant moment in the service. Simply put, if communicating with the person on the other end of your device is more important than communicating with the Creator of the universe for a few moments uninterrupted and undisturbed, then you probably shouldn’t have bothered entering the room for worship; you’re heart isn’t there nor expectant of God. That might sound harsh; it’s just truth.
Our attempt is to create an environment for worship, which is free from the distraction of the day and the interaction of our daily responsibilities. When your device rings, it not only garners your attention but the attention of others around you. Respect the people around you, their commitment to the hour, and silence your device. Remember, your interruption should not constitute an interruption on my behalf. We’ve all come to worship, let’s enjoy the moment unhindered by interruptions.