Apple and the Gospel

October 7, 2011

Steve Jobs died October 5, 2011 at the age of 56. It is clear he left behind a legacy of innovation. No matter what side you fall in the Mac vs. PC debate, it can’t be denied that the vision he had for making computers (phones, and music players) changed the entire industry. Any Apple lover will tell you, “It’s easy, and it just works.”  Steve Jobs had an uncanny ability to produce products that met people where they were and offered them functionality in things even before they knew they would need it.

In his 2005 Stanford Commencement address, Steve talked about what it was like to face death. He said,

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important…No one wants to die… And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. [Death] is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new…”

The world has spent the last few days thinking about Steve Jobs. Thinking about what he gave the world. Thinking about his brilliance in inventing new technology and making it accessible to the common person.

Now he has passed away. Leaving behind his family, friends, Apple Inc., his ipod, ipad, and iMac. They all remain at home. In light of this, we should be thinking:

  • How can we as Christians live our lives in a way that meets people where they are with the message of Jesus Christ?
  • How can we use technology to offer them a way of living they might not even yet be fully aware that they need?

Steve was right, death strips all from us. Yet, for a Christian it is wonderful beginning.  That news is far more exciting than any iphone release. More people need to hear it.

Photo by Rob Janoff (Apple) public domain, Via Wikimedia Commons


5 Responses to “Apple and the Gospel”

  1. Rod Buckham Says:

    Yes, and I had been wondering whether there was saving faith in Steve Jobs.

    • gmosarah Says:

      Hey Rod, I have not found anything to indicate either way if Steve had a saving faith. I think it is something only God knows. But I think we can be inspired to follow his example in technology to spread the greatest message on earth!

  2. Davis Says:

    Steve left a food for thought everyone indeed. He did his part unselfishly and will always be remembered so many lives he has touched with his inventive ideas. How many lives will remember us and for what? Good or evil. Offering them an opportunity to know their savior or pushing them to hell? God help me to touch lives as you would want me to.

  3. JNCali Says:

    “How can we as Christians live our lives in a way that meets people where they are with the message of Jesus Christ?”
    Any one who is a Christian can’t help but ‘meet people where they are’. Jesus has not changed, he’s just living inside all believers since the resurrection, through the Holy Spirit. His nature flows through His Body loving, healing, saving, forgiving, . those around them. Steve Jobs was a true ‘King’ or even a god, in the world’s eyes, I just hope that he was not one who gained the world at the cost of his soul.

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