Can high-tech love lead to low-touch life?

July 2016

Mark “Chris” Sevier loves his laptop computer. I mean, he really, really loves his Mac. In fact, he wants to marry it! (That’s Sevier and the love of his life on the right.)

But when he demanded a marriage license from Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, she refused to grant it. (You may remember her as the embattled clerk who went to jail rather than being forced to sign same-sex marriage licenses. She was released in a plea deal to have her name removed from marriage licenses.)

High-tech love is nothing new

A video gamer, who goes by the name Sal9000, married “Nene Anegaski,” a character in the Nintendo game, “Love Plus.” The well-publicized “ceremony” was hosted at the Tokyo Institute of Technology with a live audience and a real priest. I suspect the honeymoon was spent in his parent’s basement.

And what happens in Vegas, ends up on YouTube. Aaron Chervenak’s “most profound bond” in life was his phone. So, he rented a black tux, dressed his phone in a new white case, and got married at the Las Vegas Chapel.

He explains on his wedding video, “If we’re going to be honest with ourselves, we connect with our phones on so many emotional levels. We look to it for solace, to calm us down, to put us to sleep, to ease our minds.”

Meanwhile, back in Kentucky, Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, notes that Sevier and his laptop are “looking to argue that marriages between same-sex couples have the same legitimacy as a human marrying an inanimate object. This lawsuit is frivolous. There is obviously no right for a man to marry a machine. When you make gender irrelevant to a gender-based relationship you open Pandora’s box and make a mockery out of marriage.”

High-tech love can lead to low-touch life

And that is precisely what Satan would like to see happen. He hates love, marriage and sex! Why? They are symbols God uses throughout scripture for the intimate relationship he wants to have with the males and females he created.

The apostle Paul writes:

      Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us[a] and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people (Ephesians 5:1-3).

      As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one (Ephesians 5:31-32).

Satan’s assault on sexuality is a deliberate attempt to take something holy and twist, distort and pervert it. The siege began in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve lost their innocence and then viewed their nakedness as something shameful. The enemy has continued throughout history to assault God’s symbol with adultery, polygamy, incest and homosexual acts. So, what we observe today is nothing new. What is new, is government, schools, media and even some churches . . .

      . . . who say
      that evil is good and good is evil,
      that dark is light and light is dark,
      that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter (Isaiah 5:20).

Another front in this attack on sexuality is the enemy’s attempt to not only isolate people from their Creator, but to isolate people from other people. In the second chapter of the Bible, God declares, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18).

Yet, today, psychologists and sociologists are warning that technology is creating a generation that doesn’t know how to interact with other human beings. Like Mr. and “Mrs.” Chervenak, we connect with our devices on so many emotional levels, that human interaction doesn’t seem necessary. (Robot sex is already here, but that’s another column all together!)

While Hebrews 10:24 was originally used to motivate believers to regularly gather for worship, teaching and fellowship, it’s good advice to our entire plugged-in culture:

      Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together. . . .”

It’s far better than unholy Mac-trimony!

Copyright © 2016 James N. Watkins. Originally published on The Presidential Prayer Team’s “Viewpoint.”

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