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Isaac Kasana
The KEY RING is a monthly publication by the Kampala Baptist Church Mens Ministry that seeks to provide an avenue where men can share knowledge and understanding of the word of God, experiences, encourage one another as the older men also perform the act of paralambano to the younger men. Our prayer is that the Lord will speak to you through these publications.

Issue 14 - June 2013

3. How deep should men allow technology to get into their lives? I think that depends on how one uses technology. In a conference on integration of faith learning and service recently, one of the issues that emerged was that revelation from God happens in 2 major arenas: one is through His word and the working of the holy Spirit and the other is through what man is learning about Gods creation through research and progressive 1. As a man with grey hair it is evident that you have seen generations come and go. What discovery and this includes the different technological advancements. But like everything, if used unwisely, it becomes detrimental and as the saying goes, too much changes in trends stand out for you? of anything is bad. The changes in trends depend on where one is located and where one is looking. One of I therefore think that men (and people in general) should use technology in a way that those that stood out for me even as a young boy at the time was Uganda getting Her enhances our ability to do our work better or live our lives more positively. independence. On the other hand, some people so abuse ICT that they become addicted to certain Then the political upheavals that we experienced as a country, changing from one vices and their lives get ruined. regime to another. 4. How [exactly] does the depth of technology Then the trend where we started moving from the agricultural and industrial driven involvement in a mans life affect him? economy to the information age or the knowledge economy. It really started very Using the marriage illustration, the way people do weddings and introductions today can bring gradually and was not [as popular opinion holds it] sudden. My first interaction you to a point where you are just disgusted but with a computer was in Senior 5. Today however, even the phone you carry is a that does not take away the fact that marriage in very powerful computer. And as a person I believe this era of Social Networks itself is blessed and ordained by God. which now impact millions of (especially young peoples) lives will also I work with a university and there are people who recede and other things will replace them. for all the time they are in the computer lab, they are on Facebook. I remember writing As for the social trends, those seem to only be confirming what the Bible an article cautioning students that if predicts. For example we are becoming less community oriented and you are spending more than 20% of more individualistic, more sensitive to our rights rather than our your time on Facebook, then you responsibilities. Even in the church where peoples lives were are getting addicted. traditionally viewed through the lenses of scripture; people now almost On the other hand if a student seem to be evaluating each other just for the sake of it just as we tend entirely shuns the use of computers, he/she loses the to evaluate celebrities. opportunity to access quality For example, the way weddings are done today has been distorted. The academic material that is most up focus is no longer on preparation for life together and celebrating the fact Isaac and Damalie Kasana to date. that 2 people are starting a life together but rather on the events Extreme use of ICT also has potential for collateral damage. Many of the modern young people surrounding the wedding. The marriage which is a lifelong thing receives about 1/20 of the who use ICT a lot can fail to be social enough because they do not have enough time to socialise. Making time to be with someone is not the same as sending them a message on Facebook. attention and this sometimes scares me. For the working men, excessive technology use could negatively affect your productivity as you 2. The changes in the field of technology in the last few years have been rapid, how have you spend more time on facebook, email, reading articles on websites, blogging, watching news managed to keep abreast? online, videos etc. I do not consider myself as one that has kept abreast: For example, I for one do not have a The antidote to all this would be setting clear time frames of when you will be doing what and Facebook account. I opened one at some point but my children told me they did not think it was checking yourself to see that you are sticking to that schedule. 5. Some people hold an opinion that technology is evil and of the devil, what is your opinion? my kind of I think that opinion is very flawed. In Deuteronomy 29:29, the Bible tells us that The secret forum and so I things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children for closed my ever, that we may follow all the words of this law. For example there was a time people did not account after know that the earth is spherical or how to harvest solar energy and at that point though God about 2 weeks. knew it was possible He had still veiled it from man. So, as I mentioned above, for me technology is part of Gods gradual revelation of his creation At the time I wonders to man. Remember even some of the things we now take for granted like houses, medfirst interacted icine, bicycles, vehicles, etc are part of technology. with a computer The technology that people tend to worry more about is information technology (ICT) because it (in Senior 5), a engages our mind a lot and so we need to ask God for wisdom and be more intentional about computer regulating the way we use it. occupied a It is not technology in itself that is evil but rather how it is misused. whole room 6. How best can the men at KBC use technology as a tool to spread the gospel of Christ? with some parts What I have found as a very fruitful way of using technology in advancing the gospel has been in of it on the next floor of the building. We used to write our programs, hand them in and wait for the areas of growing ones faith. For example I can quickly access scripture online, there is a campus crusade prayer list I am on and I get daily devotions from James Musoke (which can also results after 2 weeks so school helped me to have an early foundation on which to build. be found online on a number of websites). I have however been involved a lot in ICT for Development (ICT4D) in terms of real projects and What I am sceptical about is whether it can be used in preaching the gospel to unbelievers. policy formulation and that has helped me to keep up with what I need to effectively be involved Maybe a voice call over the phone, because there is something about sharing the gospel that in ICT4D. requires human relationship/presence and for that I think there is no suitable substitute as yet. As for my career, most of my life, I have worked with and used equipment that have inbuilt com- Movies and music that communicate the gospel is another way I think technology can be used puting capabilities or imbedded computing (for example medical instruments, communication to spread the gospel. equipment etc.). Almost at each stage of my career, I was trained or sent for training on how to I therefore believe that technology cannot be an adequate substitute for us to go out and share Christ in person. work on such computerised equipment and that helped me to stay abreast, even as ICT has beClick HERE for the full interview come pervasive in all fields.

...this risk of becoming anti-social

becomes even greater as you fail to regulate the amount of time you spend interacting with all these nice gadgets

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