Why Christians Need to Visit Museums

Exterior rendering of the eight-story, 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible. Opening in 2017, the museum is being designed by lead architect group Smith Group JJR (Smith Group JJR/ Museum of the Bible)
Exterior rendering of the eight-story, 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible. Opening in 2017, the museum is being designed by lead architect group Smith Group JJR (Smith Group JJR/ Museum of the Bible)

Our world is shaped by innovation—the newest iPhone, the latest Netflix show or the most current social media app. It’s hard to imagine a world without these devices, but iPhones have only been around since 2007, unlimited streaming on Netflix came the year after and Facebook is a young company at just 11 years old.

The world before this unlimited access to information now seems archaic, but staring at “devices” all day can prevent us from seeing the bigger picture. The bright light of the screen can be more than a little blinding.

Fortunately, there are remedies for this. Increasingly, many American families have employed restraints like digital curfews, no more screen time after, say, 9 p.m. Others make a more substantial effort to reconnect with the larger community by joining clubs or leagues.

Museums, however, offer us the best opportunity to shed our often streamlined worldview to better connect with history and understand current events in a way that can impact and shape our lives. While technology has made amazing advances that have changed the way we learn about the world, nothing can come close to the total immersion we can experience at a museum.

In Washington, D.C., considered by some to be the museum capital of the world, museums are so much more than buildings full of dusty old artifacts. They are finding new ways to be innovative by combining technology with cultural heritage and education to bring us the best of both worlds.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Phil Cooke