Many of you noticed that our blog was hit by some sort of virus at the end of last week.[1] Google Chrome users travelled to our site only to find a very intimidating warning claiming that if they wanted to read about practical theology, their computers would be commandeered by the devil. Or something to that effect.

If you’ve never had something that you’ve poured so much of your heart into corrupted by a bunch of malevolent zeros and ones, let me assure you that it’s frustrating.  It got me thinking about why this kind of thing happens.

Everyone loves the world wide interwebs. Think of how much it allows us to do. Think of all the good it has done and continues to do for the kingdom of God. Think even of the ways that it makes our daily lives easier. How could something so potentially good be used for evil purposes?

Welcome to the fallen world. Here, people have evil intentions in their hearts (Jer. 17:(9). You’ve never met a “good person” in your life (Rom. 3:23). Everyone is tainted in their thinking, their actions, and their desires. And our world suffers dearly because of it.

Look around you. Literally everything you have ever seen in your entire life has been affected by sin. One man sinned a long time ago, and since then, all of God’s green earth has been wincing and groaning (Rom. 5:12; 8:22).

The corruption of sin does not stop with the visible world. Everything is subject to decay (Rom. 8:19–21). And everything bears the potential to be co-opted for some evil purpose. For example, words are good creations of God, yet they are often forced to serve someone or something other than their Creator. Look at the speeches of the atheist. Or the poem of Lamech (Gen. 4:23­–24, significantly, this is the first poem recorded in the Bible).

The same goes for the zeros and ones that make up every aspect of our computer programs. Something that should be good for everyone, that we all desire to use for good purposes, is vulnerable to misappropriation. Evil people (people with sinful hearts just like ours) lurk on the other side of our screens, trying to make our computing experiences less enjoyable, more harmful, and ultimately, trying to get some of our money or information or something.

If it existed, the New Technological Version of the Bible would quote Paul as saying, “Our computers (Macs and PCs) have been groaning together in the pains of childbirth…” (Rom. 8:22, NTV).

Computer viruses are one more important reminder that our world is stained by sin, and one more important goad calling us to long for the final day of redemption. Sin gets everywhere, even “in the computer” (in the words of Derek Zoolander).

Praise God that his great plan of redemption is as wide as creation itself. His healing spreads as far as the curse is found. Together we can long for that day when there are no more tears, no more pain, no more sickness, no more computer viruses.

 

 


[1] Or may have been. For those who are interested, Google Chrome is the only browser that seemed to care, and we’re still not convinced that anything bad happened with the site. Our “people” are diligently looking into it.

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Mark Beuving
Mark Beuving currently serves as Associate Pastor at Creekside Church in Rocklin, CA. Prior to going back into pastoral ministry, Mark spent ten years on staff at Eternity Bible College as a Campus Pastor, Dean of Students, and then Associate Professor. Mark now teaches online adjunct for Eternity. He is passionate about building up the body of Christ, training future leaders for the Church, and writing. Though he is interested in many areas of theology and philosophy, Mark is most fascinated with practical theology and exploring the many ways in which the Bible can speak to and transform our world. He is the author of "Resonate: Enjoying God's Gift of Music" and the co-author with Francis Chan of "Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples." Mark lives in Rocklin with his wife and two daughters.

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