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  • Eric Kampmann

High-Tech Prophets

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on

the wicked and the good. The tongue that brings healing is

a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit....

The house of the righteous contains great treasure,

but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.

—Proverbs 15:3–4,6

In the early days of the “Internet Revolution,” many of the high-tech prophets sold the world on the transformative power of this new form of communication. Dot-com wizards, hardly out of their teens, became instant paper millionaires, and the world gazed in wonder on this new phenomenon. There was only one problem—the Internet was created by people.

Soon a common medical term became an ominous threat to all users of the Internet. Viruses started invading computers and computer networks. New businesses had to be built to fortify systems against alien invasions, and so the battle began.

We should not be surprised. The computer virus is really no different than a person becoming infected by sin. Everything is working according to plan when suddenly the system begins to demonstrate strange and uncharacteristic behaviors. A virus slips through the defenses, and our behavior begins to malfunction. We begin to lie or stir up dissension or stop working and start squandering our wealth and our gifts.

As Paul explains it, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15). Once again, technology becomes the instrument of our human nature—including the darker side of it.

—Eric Kampmann, Signposts

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