I recently read a piece about a Christian couple who asked their nine-year-old daughter to pray before a meal. She began: “Dear Alexa, please bless our meal today…”
The couple laughed, but their daughter then began to cry. They had a wide-ranging conversation and utilized the incident as a teaching moment.
We should all learn from their experience. More and more of us are literally panic-stricken if we can’t locate our smart-phones. Many of us have lost the ability to write in cursive, even as our proclivity for cursing has risen dramatically. Some have never been taught to read an analog clock or timepiece. Numerous schools in Britain have stopped using traditional clocks because so many of their students cannot tell time by them. “Smart homes” are proliferating, nearly eliminating the need for us to physically do……anything. Google Assistant, Cortana, Siri and Alexa tend to our ease and entertainment, turn down the lights, see to our shopping, and are becoming our primary source of knowledge.
Someday soon the servant will become the master.
Due to the confluence of artificial intelligence, the greedy (yet virtue-signaling) soullessness of the giant corporations that populate Silicone Valley, the rapidly deteriorating Western culture, and the attendant collapse of traditional Christianity, the writing is on the wall. Hopefully, it’s not in cursive, because many of us won’t be able to read it.
There is a “Louder with Crowder” video extant in which “Alexa” was asked about Jesus Christ. Alexa responded: “Jesus Christ is a fictional character.” Sadly, in one sense, Alexa isn’t.
Even if you’re agnostic or an atheist, you should fear the end is nigh when Jesus is labeled a “fictional character” and people start praying to an inanimate, soulless object like Alexa.
It won’t be long before Alexa and Siri have better name recognition among our youth than Jesus Christ. Someday they will be seeking an answer to the age-old question, “What is the meaning of life?” And they will ask Siri.
God help them. And us.