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The Jesus Tablet?

January 25th, 2010 Posted in Pastor's corner, sermons

You probably have heard that Apple is supposedly going to announce a new tablet computer this week. I am interested to see what the specs are, and what it can do.

I really am a fan of technology, and without question Apple builds fantastic, groundbreaking products. In fact, this post was typed on an Apple laptop.

However . . .

The Messiah machine?

This new tablet has been hailed by some as “The Jesus Tablet,” and others are calling it “The Messiah Machine.” One article asked breathlessly, “Can Apple’s Jesus Tablet deliver a miracle?”

Whaaa . . . ? Did I miss something here? Is this new device from Apple going to somehow deliver eternal life or the forgiveness of sins?

I am being a bit facetious here, but I think some of these techheads need to seriously get a life, preferably an eternal one.

This reminds me of the the depression some were experiencing after viewing the new film Avatar, because they could not personally experience the imaginary CGI world of Pandora. I wrote a blog about that.

Taking the Lord’s name in vain

The Bible reminds us to not take the Lord’s name in vain (Exodus 20:7) This doesn’t just mean using profanity with God’s name, but also using His Holy name in a frivolous, insincere way.

Sometimes people will sell certain things to the Christian market with a token mention of Jesus or the Bible, in hopes that we will eat it up, be it movies, products, or whatever. That is using God’s name in vain, and He does not take kindly to it.

So, Jesus tablets and Messiah machines just will not do.

There is another commandment that warns against having other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3). That is Commandment No. 1 in God’s Top 10.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not suggesting that people who are excited about a new laptop, tablet computer, or phone are necessarily idolaters (though they could be). I am simply saying that we need to keep our priorities clear here.

Having another god speaks of anything or anyone that takes the place of the true God in their life.

In 1948, General Omar Bradley observed, “We are technological giants and moral midgets. We have discovered the mystery of the atom, but we have forgotten the Sermon on the Mount.”

Let’s love the Lord and use technology, not love technology and use the Lord.

8 Responses to “The Jesus Tablet?”

  1. Willie Marmol says:

    Invite the proud owner of this gadet
    To share their benefits, or the need for
    help. God may use it HIS way to bring blessings to all involved.I pray for Revelation and Spirit Guidance.

  2. Anne Maltes says:

    This may sound like I’m kidding, but I’m mostly serious, would you allow someone to use the iPad in church to take notes and use the Bible App?

  3. jack foster says:

    Hey Greg, I was wondering about using the Lord’s name in vain as in merchandising. Thanks for pointing it out and clearing it up. God bless you and your family. A big hello from Harvest Bible Chapel in Naperville Illinois!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I too have heard about the so called “Avatar Depression.” However I have a slightly different take on it. Just think, if people are depressed by an amazing world that the human mind has created/imagined, however unreal it may be, just imagine how amazing the world an all powerful loving God has created for us to dwell in for eternity…

  5. George Sikes says:

    You got that right Greg– people are looking for
    anything magic or mithical in their lives for help–look at the throngs flocking to see AVATAR— of course they don’t have time for the
    WORD!! thats just to far out for this fast
    paced WORLD !!

  6. Frank Reed says:

    Pastor Greg,

    I am not shocked by this at all. I work in the Internet marketing business and as a believer you see a lot go on that is not respectful of God.

    I have learned to just pray for these people and situations since in many cases their god is themselves. They use their tech gadgets to make themselves “stronger and better” but they don’t attend to their heart and soul.

    I just keep reminding myself that everyone is a creation of the God and that he has a plan that I simply can’t comprehend. I’m happy about that fact (Isaiah 55: 8-9).

    Please keep up the great work.

  7. Colin says:

    Good Evening Pastor Greg,

    First let me say I am a huge and love the podcasts!!! I am a big Apple fan and love my macbook, but no iphone till it leaves AT&T for Verizon. I agree 100% about them using Jesus name in reference to a electronic device. It maybe a game changer in the electronics world and the secular world and may even help preachers and congregations alike, but lets leave Jesus name in the Bible or our prayers.

    There has even been some photoshopped pictures of Steve Jobs holding two of the mythical Apple Tablets in which it is depicted of him coming off of Mount Senai delivering the tablets to the people. Lets just stick to the ipad or islate. God Bless and keep up the kingdom work!

  8. Brandy says:

    Good word, Greg. I agree the tech world does sometimes get very carried away. Its interesting to see how people really are looking for a ‘messiah’. Be it a political leader, movie star, or the newest gadget.

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