If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:9
According to a recent article in the New York Times, a new application being sold on iTunes, “Confession: a Roman Catholic App,” cannot be used as a substitute for confession with a priest, according to the Vatican.
Glad we cleared that up.
This is not a post to examine the confession sacrament of our beloved Catholic brothers and sisters. It is a post, however, to begin a critical conversation about what degree we will allow technology to step into the sacredness of our spiritual life.
Yes, there are bible, scripture, and prayer apps many of us frequently use. But the confessional app seems to take technology to a new, more intimate level. (See the details this app on this video.)
It begs the questions: Are we diving so deeply into The Land of Shiny Things that we now need an app to guide us into repentance? Will this, and apps like it, make us lazy in searching the scriptures and preparing our hearts prayerfully to go before the Lord in confession?
The upside of this app is that the entrepreneurs who designed it, did so with people in mind; people who increasingly live online. It speaks the language of a wired generation (as we talk about extensively in our book, @stickyJesus). The app has supplied a demand (it’s a pretty hot download). It also walks you through the steps of confession, helps you examine your conscience, and categorizes sins under one of the 10 commandments, which could be a positive teaching tool for the Catholic Church.
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We would never make the argument that apps (technology) cause people to stray from God. We know it’s the heart that determines our actions. We encourage a balance in your technology use and a prayerful plan of how to integrate each piece of shiny into your spiritual life. When you see an app come onto the market ask yourself this: Will this enhance or distract from my personal conversation with Christ?
We will suggest you save the $1.99 it costs to purchase the confession app and instead, pick up the most powerful (and proven) app on the market: The Holy Bible. Here’s what you’ll discover (along with other awesome truths): If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:9
What do you think of the confession app and how do you use Christian apps in your daily life?
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