Friday, October 21, 2011

Bite That Apple

I was caught off guard today, while listening to a song by Jason Upton. The song is called "The Sound of His Hearts' Cry", and if you've any experience listening to Jason Upton, then you know that being caught off guard is a common occurrence. Specifically, the lyric that really stood out to me was - 
Who will we praise, when we've praise all our lives
 Men who build kingdoms and men who build fame?
 Heaven does not know their name.
In a matter of a few seconds, I began to wonder if there are any men in my life, who I praise in this way... It didn't take long before I landed on a name - Steve Jobs. 

Just this morning, I was wondering aloud, in conversation with my wife, whether or not I'll read his biography, which is set to be released on Monday. I'm also still in the middle of an internal struggle, revolving around whether or not to buy an iPad or not...

There are few else in our modern society that fit that description so well. Steve Jobs defined the classic American Dream fable, and proves that it isn't just a fable at all. Born to teenage, unwed parents and given up for adoption, his adoptive parents were allowed to take him only on the condition that they promise he would go to college. When the time came, he didn't want to go. Upon their urging, he ended up choosing an expensive private school, and told them that if they didn't send him there, he wouldn't go at all. So they did. However, he couldn't shake the fact that he didn't want to be there, and dropped out shortly into his second year. After leaving Reed, Jobs and a friend, Steve Wozniak, started a small computer company in a garage. Throw in the drama of a corporate coup, being forced to start again from scratch and later being begged bought back into the company and subsequently staging his own coup, and you've got the makings of an incredible story. 

Steve went on to do just what he set out to - "make a ding in the universe." His companies and products have literally changed the lives of millions, and inspired others to follow suit. He spearheaded corporations and campaigns that have completely reinvented entire industries - computer, phone, recording and music sales, entertainment consumption, computer animated films (you did know that he bought Pixar from George Lucas and made it what it became, right?) and electronics. Some of his greatest work came to life after he was diagnosed with cancer!

And here I am, praising him again. It's too easy. He was a genius, an innovator and a world changer.

However, he was just a man...and not a Christian. 

As sad as it is, we can say with near assurance that his soul lives on in eternal punishment...

I know it's politically incorrect to say this, and many might argue that we can't know the state of his heart when he died. And while I would agree with that, I would reply that we can have a pretty good idea. 

Heaven does not know his name. 

Now the point of me writing this is not to try and be all Westboro about this. I think Steve's death, and especially the state of his soul at the time of hid death, is a great tragedy. Just like the death of Moammar Ghadaffi and the state of his soul is a tragedy...just like the deaths of Randy Savage, Michael Jackson, and the tens of thousands who'll die today without Christ. It's a tragedy. 

The point is that the most important decision you'll ever make is about who you will worship. If you're not a Christian, and you find yourself reading this post, please, think long and hard about this question - Who will you worship? Yourself, celebrities, science? If this world is not all there is, you need to be hard at work trying to figure out what comes next and how to be ready for it. 

The truth is, we've all bitten that apple. We've all sinned. What's more, we were born with it. We have inherited the curse that befell our first father, after he had eaten the forbidden fruit. I'm no better than better than Steve. The only difference is that I've put my faith in the only man who is, was and will forever be. 

And as Christians, we must be especially careful about where we assign praise.  
That's the point. 

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