As a 33-year-old, a strange thought is that my (future) grandchildren will realistically never have to drive. If the Lord tarries, at the end of my ministry, a new opportunity will open up for churches: More time will be given to families thanks to a lack of human drivers.
This sounds like old-fashioned science fiction. This, however, is already a reality. It is not yet popularized, but give it time.
Google’s self-driving car is called “Waymo.” Click around their website and enjoy a rush of thoughts of how the car will turn into what we currently think of a train or a plane—a form of transportation where we sit there and read, or work, or sleep while it takes us to our destination.
Look below at how many miles Waymo has already driven. Over 3,000,000!
Products that give people more time are some of the most valuable. As an example, why is über so popular? It saves you time to get somewhere when you can’t drive. It is faster than a taxi.
Driverless cars will save people time. Driverless cars will go faster and drive closer to one another, getting you to your destination faster. While in the car, you will have time to be productive. The internet will exist on every inch of the planet, thanks to Elon Musk. I imagine having a driverless RV to go all over the continent while being able to work or relax.
HOW THIS IMPACTS CHURCHES OF THE FUTURE
This sounds so far off, but I really think this is the case. People will be way more nomadic in coming generations. They already are now. I’ve never seen so many people go away for so many consecutive weekends.
Think about when the world will be significantly more de-centralized due to more jobs being web-based. I envision a peripatetic generation with confusion as to how to handle their time while not being rooted in a physical community.
This day is coming before my millennial generation is dead.
Churches currently have small question marks about how to develop connection with people via the internet. In the future, it will be THE tactical question mark.
The hole of community due to lack of grounding in a single physical place will result in digital churches wandering around the web, trying to draw people together for a greater cause of Christ while developing disciples who fellowship with one another.
Driverless cars will be a major sociological game-changer.
WEIRD EXTRA THOUGHT
One last thought about all of this: You likely won’t just be wandering around North America in these driverless cars. You could realistically drive to Europe and Asia, too. There’s a possibility that a super highway could be built across the Bering Strait, connecting Alaska and Russia.
Who wants to take a driverless ride in my worldwide RV while we think together to build community online due to the increasingly nomadic nature of humanity in the coming decades?
Some will view this post as weird, hyperbolic, or even whimsical. I believe this is going to happen.
Do you have any thoughts about driverless cars and the future of the church? Let me know in the comment section below.