|1st wireless remote (from the Detroit Free Press)|
It is easy to see how the wireless remote, which is now used for all sorts of things, can be a metaphor for the benefits and evils of technological society. It singlehandedly created generations of couch potatoes, thus contributing to the obesity epidemic sweeping the globe. On the other hand, the TV remote is a key element in the TV revolution that to a degree has put the world at our fingertips.
The deeper lesson is equally easy to see. We have an uncanny ability to turn the good things we invent and discover to unhappy purposes. TV remotes are two-edged swords, and so is just about everything else that we consider good.
And the theological point is just about as obvious. The central fact of our lives is that God's creation of us remains unfinished. We are a "work in progress" and as such have a long way to go before we see the Kingdom. The story line of the Bible is the way in which God (wearing the mask of the Spirit) wrestles with us, works on us, and seeks to herd us toward the future, a task that is far, far worse than trying to herd cats.
Actually, the TV remote is a good sermon illustration, one well worth using for that purpose. Amen.