Redeeming the Screens
How does the future look to us? Well, clearly we realize we now live in a world of screens, from the microcosmic universe of to smartphone ... to the imposing vigil of the multiplex giants, looming over us in Imax...
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How does the future look to us? Well, clearly we realize we now live in a world of screens, from the microcosmic universe of to smartphone ... to the imposing vigil of the multiplex giants, looming over us in Imax and 3-D--more "real" than real--and to all the screens in between, from computers to iPads, to muted, high definition flat-screens pouring out images in homes, restaurants, banks, businesses, schools, doctors' offices, and hospitals, and on and on everywhere we turn. We cannot change this reality, so what these Christians, and so many like them are doing is trying to find ways to redeem what we put on these screens: what message we are sending out in word and image to the watching world. So, clearly, our task, whether we have been called to create or not, is to join these artists as "screen redeemers," assisting the Holy Spirit in reconciling the world to God (2 Cor 5:18-19) through helping the pervasively influential means of the media adjust its goals to the mission of Jesus Christ.
William David Spencer (Th.D., Boston University) is the ranked adjunct associate professor of theology and the arts at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME) in Boston. He has served as protestant chaplain at Rider University, adjunct professor with New York Theological Seminary and helped establish and serve as director of personnel for the Alpha-Omega Community Theological School (A.C.T.S.).
Spencer is an ordained Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and speaks regularly at churches, conference and classes on biblical, theological and experiential aspects of marriage. He is also the author of Mysterium and Mystery: The Clerical Crime Novel, Dread Jesus, Marriage at the Crossroads and coedited Chanting Down Babylon: The Rastafari Reader.