Thursday, March 17, 2011
Would Jesus Buy an iPad?
I was recently at a celebration for my Grandpa's 90th birthday in which a couple of my cousins were giving me a hard time for slacking on my blogging (You guys better be reading this). Both of my blogs, this one and The Tech Mom, haven't had a post in awhile and I was lamenting dividing my time between the two. They are both near and dear to my heart, but completely opposite topics. My one cousin asked if there wasn't a way I could merge the two into one, but I confess, I just don't see it. However, the night before the birthday party (and that conversation), I woke up in the middle of the night and in one of those foggy, strange moments, a blog topic came to me. Would Jesus Buy an iPad?
I have a feeling this topic came to mind because I've been considering a lot lately, the Bible and it's unchanging relevance. It's easy to read the Bible, and have trouble drawing the lines about what is and isn't relevant for today. As Christians we would of course agree that "Love your neighbor as yourself" has the same application today as it did back then. But what about Paul saying he does not permit a woman to teach? Does that apply? If not, why not? Both are included in the inspired Word of God. How are we to pick and choose which topics and instructions we will abide by and which ones "don't pertain to us today" because of differences in society and culture?
If Jesus were on earth today, would he own a Blackberry? Would he text his disciples to meet him at the lake? Would he choose a PC or a Mac? How fast would his internet connection be? How about a different line of questions altogether....would Jesus go to the movies? How many committees would he be on at church? Would he skip church on Sunday to play in the soccer tournament...or to watch a close friend play who had invited him? Frankly, I have no idea to the answer to these questions. (Well, maybe a couple of them...I'm sure Jesus would own an iPhone, not a Blackberry)
But I do know that the Word he has given us, provides us the answers we need to make the decisions that face us today...decisions that are far more important that which technology we choose (or if it's ok to choose it at all). The reason is, that Jesus is most concerned with the state of our hearts, and that's what his word speaks to.
Does your Blackberry have more control over your life than your Savior? Are you more committed to the committees than to the purity of your heart? Search out God's Word for timely, relevant guidance on how to put your life back into balance. I assure you, the answers we are looking for are there. And, if you prefer to search the scriptures digitally...there's an app for that.