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Google glass and augmented reality

Last week, Google announced Google Glass.  I didn’t pay much attention to it because I thought it was an upgrade of their Google Chrome browser (or something like that). 

Then Saturday I saw this picture in the paper and I realized it was a new, hands-free device that will enable you to literally see the world through the internet.  They’re referring to it as augmented reality. 
We’ll take all of the good technology we can get, but we won’t fall into trap of thinking that it’s some kind of savior --- it isn't.  I saw yesterday that the latest census in India has revealed that more people have cell phones than indoor plumbing.   We may have the technology but the fact that we’re made in the image of God means that microchips and nanotechnology cannot ultimately address the deepest issues of the human heart.  
I am convinced that God would like us to see the world not through the internet, but through the empty tomb.  Our challenge is to look at life through resurrection lenses and understand its far reaching implications.  Here are a few of them.

1.  The resurrection means more than life after death, it means life before death. 

John makes it clear in 5:13 of his first letter that not only do we have eternal life now, but our Father wants us to know that we have it!  Since He alone possesses life in this sense, for us to have it means we share in the very life of God.  From the biblical point of view, eternal life does not start when we die --- it begins when we rise up out of the water (see John 3:3-5; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

2.  The resurrection doesn’t mean that a new world is coming --- it means one has already begun! 
We have eternal life, we are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:21), the kingdom of heaven has come to earth through the reign of Christ (Matthew 4:17; 16:28).  Too many times I think we're guilty of thinking everything is the same as it always was because we don't see anything different.  The right kind of glasses would help improve our vision.
3.  The resurrection doesn’t mean we retreat from the world and wait for our call “home,” --- it sends us into the world to bring to it the new life we have found in Christ. 
N. T. Wright reminds us that at Pentecost we see the resurrected Christ has ascended to heaven and sent the Spirit.  For what purpose?  To be the presence of Christ in our lives as we reach out to others, to bear fruit in our lives that will bear witness to the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:22-23). 

Looking at the world through the internet is largely about hype --- we can take it or leave it.  Looking at the world through the resurrection of Jesus is about hope --- we can’t live without that. 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
May God augment our reality!
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