“Apps and More”
©Jeanne E. Webster
“People become like the gods they worship.”
(On the Way to Jesus, by Alfred Baylis)
People become like the gods they worship. What a scary statement! As Christians we worship the one and true God, Jehovah, the great “I AM.” This thought ought to urge us to grow further in our faith in this one true God and cast away the “other” gods we cling to every day.
Other gods, you say? Us? I don’t think so. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but yes, we serve other gods. Let’s slip off our boxing gloves and get real. Put on our thinking caps and shut off the television, radio, tapes and other noises of this world.
What do we spend the majority of our leisure time on each day? That is where our hearts lie. We have so many options today, popping from the television screen, screaming from the radio, streaming from our MP3 players, or wearing out our fingers texting meaningless messages to others doing the same thing. Multitasking is necessary, considering our gadget-oriented technological society. Or is it?
Daily we are blasted with news of another contraption that offers us a million more “apps” than were dangled in our faces yesterday. “Apps” is a new word, a shortened version of “applications.” I’m wondering just how many “apps” we really need or, frankly, can use. There are only 24 hours in a day, and we do need sleep occasionally.
Back to the question, our leisure time is mostly spent on what. I have a great exercise for you. Take notes for one twenty-four hour period and see where you timeout most. I’m sure you’ll come up with a surprising summary. The fact of the matter is that we like to be entertained, a lot. We crave input… from gadgets. We like to run solo also; no mingling with others. The only output required is pushing buttons and/or keeping the eyes and ears open. Have we gone batty or what?
People become like the gods they worship. We turn our bodies on for the day, go to work, come home, select our toy for the evening and “Casey bar the door.” We should post “do not disturb” signs on our chests. We are “bad, man.” Tuning out family and friends, we morph into avatars and away we go. Do you see where we are going? We’re turning into gadget-like animations…cold, unfeeling, empty battery-run machines.
Christians, where’s the time spent with our Lord? Oh. Yes. I almost forgot…I said a prayer before I got out of bed this morning. Oh, yeah, I said another prayer before I fell asleep. And maybe I remember thinking of Him during the day once or twice. We call that worship, a few sleepy moments during the day. Maybe on Sunday we go to church, sing songs, listen to a sermon, and hand out cold, empty hugs and handshakes like battery-run machines. The trouble with this scenario is that a large majority of Christians run like this.
Oh, God, I am convicted that I have sinned and lost my way. The world has troubled my soul with such diversions, and I have traded you, my God, for their offerings of gods. Help me sort them out and dump them off my “bucket list.” May I instead put your name as number one and let you add the other “apps.” Forgive me, hear my cries. I repent of this hardness of heart and blindness of spirit. Heal me and dust me off, as I have much to do for Your glory. May I strive to become like you, once again. Amen.