Jim Hamilton

Professor of Biblical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Do You Control Your Phone or Does It Control You?

I agree with David Murray’s 10 positive reasons to train your kids in cell phone use, and what I was looking for in the post comes in its last two paragraphs, where David offers advice on what action steps to take to make sure you’re a human using a tool.

Here’s David’s advice on how to make sure your phone doesn’t control you, or your family members:

  1. We can use parental controls and accountability software.
  2. We can forbid phones in bedrooms, at study desks, and at meal times.
  3. I now insist on all phones (including my own) be kept in one central place when in the house and
  4. I limit the number of times they can be checked in an evening.
  5. We’re also starting a phone fast on Sundays.
  6. And let there be consequences for misuse or overuse, yes, even confiscation at times.
  7. But perhaps the best thing we can do is to talk to our kids about these ten positive reasons for making this wonderful technology a servant rather than a master. It might be the best career move they make. If they master their cell-phone they will stand out in their generation in so many positive ways.

These are good ideas. What would you add or adjust?

Don’t be naive. The devil is prowling around like a roaring lion. If you don’t protect yourself and your family, who will?

“The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it” 
(Proverbs 22:3Proverbs 27:12).


About Jim Hamilton

James Hamilton serves as associate professor of biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches (Crossway, 2012) God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology (Crossway, 2010) and God's Indwelling Presence: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments (B&H, 2006). He blogs regularly at For His Renown. You can follow Dr. Hamilton on Twitter @DrJimHamilton.

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