I fear that a lot of people take a GPS approach to Christianity. Whether the GPS is their pastor, their parents, a teacher, an app, a Google search or whatever, they are content to say "I don't know, I just follow the GPS." It is too much of a hassle to learn the roads when you can just punch the right buttons and get the directions. As Peter Griffin says, "I don't know...the Bible is waaaay to long to read." I get it. And to be fair, it isn't just a problem facing Christians. It affects a whole generation, and it is starting to spread its tentacles into all generations that are even remotely engaged in the current culture. Nonetheless, it is very troubling. In theory, technology is supposed to make our lives easier, give us more time for the most important things in life, and make life more enjoyable. Ask yourself, "is my life easier, more enjoyable, and do I have more time for important things than I would have had 50 years ago?" Are people characteristically happier than people 100 years ago? I will let you do the math for yourself on that one. Either way, I fear that it may be dumbing us down. Let me give you another quick example of what I mean.
I can still remember the phone numbers of many people that I knew in high school. I can still remember the land line numbers that we had when I was growing up. But I don't know any of the phone numbers (not even the first 3 digits) of recent friends and acquaintances. Why? Because I just saved them in my cell phone and never thought about them again. Anyway, I think you can see my point.
One important point that I want to make here is that phone numbers and driving directions are fundamentally different from the Word of God and the knowledge of Christ. The former are merely informative while the latter are also transformative. We are meant to meditate on the Word of God and do what it says, not merely so that we can pass an exam or show off our Bible knowledge for Jeff Foxworthy; but because doing so changes us from the inside out. We should dwell on the knowledge of Christ, not because it makes us look super-spiritual, but because there is nothing more valuable to think about. Paul says that everything is essentially poop (yes, I said poop) when compared to the knowledge of Christ (Philippians 3).
An essential part of making disciples of Christ (or in anything really) is inspiring in others the desire to grow and learn for themselves. I think we have let the pendulum swing too far in the direction of emphasizing "good intentions" at the expense of consistent application. Now, before you start shouting "LEGALIST," let me clarify. I am not saying that we need to take away everyone's technology and force them to memorize the entire New Testament. I am simply saying that we shouldn't be content with the fact that everyone in the youth group or congregation answers in the affirmative to the question, "Do you love Jesus?" Just like we aren't content with a politician telling us that they care about something and then doing nothing about it. If you probe just a bit deeper and ask, "what does Jesus say about..." or "Why do you believe..." you are likely to get a response akin to "I don't know, I just follow the GPS." If we truly desire to make disciples of Christ, we simply cannot be okay with this trend (whether in ourselves or in those we seek to mentor).