Godly Standard

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:3

Last week, a robot machine rolled into the room in the intensive care unit of a patient dying of chronic lung disease in a San Francisco hospital to tell the patient by video call he would likely die within days. The dying man’s family was understandably upset and protested that such information should have been conveyed by a human being and not a machine. The outrage from the family and the general public led to an apology from the hospital which said through its spokesperson that the robot machine should not have replaced in-person conversations with the patient and loved ones.

The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) is causing many to raise ethical questions about standard human behavior. AI is now used in connection with mapping applications or “apps” on mobile phones, tax preparation, songwriting, and digital advertising. It is also being used in video games and movies to create special effects. More recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved an AI algorithm that aids radiologists in detecting wrist fractures. The State of Ohio uses robotics in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation laboratories to help reduce the turnaround time on untested rape kits. The application of AI facilitated the state testing 14,000 previously untested rape kits and identifying 300 serial rapists linked to 1,100 crimes.

Is our growing dependency on AI negating the thought that standards are necessary for social order? What about the spiritual implications of using AI to make human decisions? After all, these robots do not have any soul. They are programmed to make decisions without any emotional or spiritual filters.

Christians have to be careful not to allow technology to influence their theology or morality negatively. For, we are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9). We have godly standards to follow. Indeed, we cannot conform to the ever-changing standard of this world.

Whereas we live in a world where most things are contextualized, there are some standards we yet have to uphold, as God’s people. We cannot allow our morality or spirituality to be determined by celebrities, the fashion or technology industry, or by political pundits. The Bible is our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). It is the standard by which our actions should be measured.

Christians have to be more concerned about being biblically correct than being politically correct. We invest too much energy trying not to offend the world with our biblical beliefs. Thus we water-down our beliefs and lose our spiritual saltiness. Jesus was kind, compassionate, gracious, forgiving, and loving; but he wasn’t politically correct. Many people were offended by some of the things he said. There were times when people wanted to stone him for his beliefs. Yet he upheld godly standard all the way to the cross of Calvary.

Christians should have Standard Operating Procedures in our sexual behavior, in the way we entertain ourselves, the way we conduct business and the way we treat other people. Our morality and spirituality should determine the way we use AI. They should influence the way we respond to economic and political crises around the world, and the way we practice and promote our Christian faith.

As members of the body of Jesus Christ, we are beholden to the standard of holiness. We cannot live like the world. Nor should we alter our Christian identity to fit-in. We have to transform culture through the word of God. That may cause us to be unpopular or make us unlikable in some circles. Yet we have a Christ-given mandate to be the light of the world and to establish God’s kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please give us the courage to uphold your standard when we are challenged to follow the standard of the world.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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