Connecting to God – in the 21st Century

By Daniel Darling

iFaith, Connecting to God in the 21st CenturyStarting today, every Monday, I plan on posting a key quote from my upcoming book, iFaith. Today, I’m posting a quote from the intro, where I talk about the premise for the book, which is to examine how my generation, who has always experienced life at warped speed, can relate to God:

We’re members of the always-connected generation, weaned on warped speed, raised on instant: Instant formula. Disposable diapers. Satellite TV. GPS navigation. Online check-in.

In my three decades or so on this earth, life has moved from high-speed to warp speed.

We email, IM, Facebook and Twitter. We text, YouTube, MMS, and Skype. Our ever-expanding, never-enough, always-on collection of devices explodes with data traveling at the speed of thought.

When we have a question, we send a digital message. When we want an answer, we demand a real-time reply.

In every area of life, from food to fashion to family life, we want bigger bandwidth, better pictures, faster delivery. We opt for the drive-through, express lane, and self-checkout.

If something is not immediately available at our fingertips, we don’t worry. Because in a month Google or Apple will have an app for it.

As a card-carrying member of the Instant Generation, I think we need to ask ourselves, What effect has our hustling and bustling, hurrying and worrying had on our communication with God?