1998-11-30 - RoboCup and the Christian Life
1 Thess. 5:11 Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
On Friday in Singapore there was an unheralded event. The first RoboCup took place. Dr. Hiroaki Kitano has begun plans to create robots that will eventually play soccer against the reigning World Cup champions. This was the first such robot on robot "test" world cups. Kitano thinks that it will take at least 50 years to develop robots that are good enough to compete with human players.
Robots and mechanized innovations have been replacing men and women on the
work force for some time. The assembly line and such things that robots can
do have become more and more important to us as technology becomes more and
more advanced. But as we become more and more advanced and as these innovations
are included more and more in our culture, let us not forget that some things
robots can never do for us. They can not commune with God for us. It is good
for us to remember that only we can fellowship with God for ourselves. One
day last week the news reported that, on that day alone, Bill Gates had made
2.88 Billion dollars on the stock market. But no matter how much he or anyone
is worth, none can pay, beg, hope, or teach anyone to commune with God for
them. We must do this ourselves or it will not be done. Communion with God
is personal and individual, only you can fellowship with God. (Hebrews 2:10-13,
1 Cor. 5:18, 19, 1 John 3:1-3)
In the end we can say that the Christian life can't be lived vicariously. No matter where you are or have been in your spiritual journey only you can commune, pray, or fellowship. Only you can grow in your walk with God. The best ways to grow in your walk are those given to us in God's Word such as, hearing the Word of God preached, prayer, study of the Scriptures and the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. May the Lord lead us all to a more disciplined and diligent use and a better understanding of these appointed means of grace.
"The Christian's armour decays two ways: either by violent battery, when the Christian is overcome by temptation to sin; or else by neglecting to furbish and scour it with the use of those means which are as oil to keep it clean and bright." William Gurnall
Soli Deo Gloria,