Re: Code of Techno-Ethics

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : September 16, 2004

I’ve been struggling with whether or not to bring this link to your attention, but I think it is worth reading. Be warned, it shows Christians behaving badly. I bring it to your attention, because it is instructive.

We need to be more techno-ethical. Technology amplifying our capacity for evil. We now have the capacity to tear someone to shreds anonymously in front of potentially thousands of web-surfers. We no longer have to trouble ourselves with talking directly to people. The Body of Christ has a new way to air its conflicts in public.

Try to read it as though you weren’t a Christian. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the people on both sides of the issue. For the love of Jesus, we’ve got to learn to be the Church to one another before we’ll every have a shot at being the Church for the world.

Mark Van Steenwyk is the general editor of Jesus Manifesto. He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife (Amy), son (Jonas) and some of their friends.

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