5 Ways Faith Is Modernizing
Faith is working hard to keep up with the times, and in many ways, it’s succeeding. Our world has changed much just in the last few decades. At the start of the millennia, Facebook, video conferencing, and streaming were things that were either ideas in-the-making or never even thought of. Faith was still very much an in-person practice, with people attending church or religious services once or many times per week. With the introduction of social media and the advancement of technology, faith has been forced to adapt.
Some thought such changes would bring about the end of faith as we knew it, but luckily, that’s not the case. Faith has risen to the challenge, and preachers, worshippers, and organizations across the country and the globe continue to strengthen and inspire the community by whatever means necessary.
Here are five ways that faith is modernizing.
You don’t even need a holy book anymore with the introduction of apps and eBooks. You can download a bible story app, prayer app, streaming app, and so much more. Your faith now fits in the palm of your hand and can be accessed at any time from anywhere in the world! You can watch some of the world’s best preachers give an uplifting sermon from the comfort of your home or on-the-go. You can download and share your favorite prayers and passages and save them for later. You can even use apps to connect with others who practice the faith.
This was a necessary step in connecting people of the faith, especially during COVID-19 when many of our privileges to gather have been temporarily revoked. Connecting with others has always been a huge part of the faith, and it’s nice to see technology facilitating this for us.
Head over to the Google or Apple store today, and you’ll see just how many apps there are available. Everything from prayer apps to bible apps and beyond exists within these two stores. You can have the entire Bible in the palm of your hands.
2. Video Conferencing
Sometimes, you just can’t make it to church, or don’t have time for a one-on-one with your pastor or religious leader. In this case, you can utilize video conferencing technology to connect with religious leaders and other members of the faith. Video conferencing is as close as you can get to an in-person visit, but you can host a call from anywhere. In this age of social distancing, video conferencing has become all but a necessity to communication.
The amazing thing is that there are so many video conferencing services available. You can use Zoom, which is free, Skype, Google Hangouts, or even a premium video conference service to hold mass/prayers. Connect with church members, clergymen, plan events, and host prayer sessions from the comfort of your home.
3. Streamed Sermons
Before streaming services and prayer apps, you had to depend on cable TV for your televised sermons. Some of the biggest names in the faith televise their powerful sermons for the world to hear, but if you didn’t have cable TV, you were missing out. Luckily, the prayer apps and streaming services stepped in and began offering streamable prayer sessions.
People like Samuel Rodriguez, T.D. Jakes, and Joel Olsteen can be seen on popular streaming services and certain prayer apps. If you need a boost in your day or your faith, this is a great way to hear the word of God in a convenient and comfortable way. Many prayer apps offer premium packages that include downloadable sermons as well, so you can watch them even when you don’t have an internet connection.
4. Social Media
Social media has played a big part in expanding the faith and reaching new people. It also helps us connect with other members of the faith, growing larger, more widespread communities that offer a wealth of experiences and perspectives. Some people believe social media to be “evil” or otherwise nefarious, but the truth is, the platform is neutral. It’s simply that—a platform. The amount of “evil” or usefulness you get out of it will largely depend on how you use it.
5. Appealing To Young Audiences
By utilizing technology, the faith has been able to appeal to younger audiences. We’ve seen drops in faith in younger generations, but this has been largely reconciled by faith organizations turning to technology to bridge the gap. Faith will continue to grow, adapt, and evolve as time goes on and technology improves. There’s some serious buzz about VR technology lately, and we’re pretty excited to see how the faith will use virtual reality to bring prayer and spirituality to those who lack the resources to go themselves.
Just because the way we keep the faith has changed, that doesn’t mean the faith itself has changed. The core tenants remain intact, the holy books are the same, and we’re still a part of a larger global community. Technology is genuinely here to help, so rather than run from it, we should embrace it. Using it to connect others and appeal to new believers is the best way to make the most out of it.