What should holiness look like in today’s culture?

I have a deep conviction that one of the ways of holiness in today’s modern age is about taking intentional steps towards non-dependency on technology. I see a generation that is addicted to distraction. People are now walking from point A to point B staring at their phones unaware of the beauty of the surrounding world. Computers are now phones. You can put it in your pocket and whenever you are bored or feeling socially awkward or even if you aren’t even thinking about it, your phone quickly becomes your refuge. Human interaction is no longer necessary for kids today. It’s become so easy to create your ideal image of yourself and your life on social media profiles. False identities are rampant online and I don’t see this as a good thing in any way. Today holiness is about rejecting systems of technology that encourage people to invest in a device of distraction and instead look to basic ways of connecting with others and with God in a real face to face way that seeks to put the sacredness back into real life, real time, and the real beauty, ambiguity, tragedy, and wonder of our world.

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