The iPhone 6 comes out today. Here’s a repost about how we view new technology in light of God’s call to be content.
The iPhone is finally coming to Verizon. I feel bad for everyone who just got their new phone three weeks ago and aren’t due an upgrade until after the Mayan calendar kills us all. I know that if I was on Verizon and didn’t have an iPhone, my obsessive tech nerdclination would take over and I would spend $600 to get the iPhone, even if I didn’t have the money.
Tech nerdclinations are dangerous because they push us to spend money even when we don’t have it. When both the PS3 and Xbox 360 came out, I bought theh systems even though I didn’t have the cash. I used my credit card and allowed my obsession to dictate my decisions. Instead of making wise financial decisions, I caved to my desires so I could have the newest and the greatest. Unfortunately today I’m still paying off that credit card and the PS3 and Xbox 360 I purchased are dead.
As Christians we’re called to be content regardless of the situation in which we find ourselves. Paul speaks of this in Philippians 4 and Jesus speaks about it in the Sermon on the Mount. God is our provider, he gives us everything we need, and we can’t lose sight of that. I know from personal experience that it’s really easy to lose sight of God’s provision when we’re always focused on the newest and greatest offerings from Apple, Sony or Microsoft. We need to realize, though, that those companies and others will always have something new and exciting for which we can work up a nerdy froth; but in the end God calls us to contentment, not to keeping up with the Jones, or even the Jobs or the Gates.
So even though the iPhone will be available to Verizon customers on February 10, God already knows exactly what we’ll need on that Thursday and he’ll take care of us, even if that doesn’t include an iPhone. God’s provision is greater than any obsessive tech nerdclination we have; we just have to look at what he’s offering instead of what Best Buy is offering.
But I still want an iPad.
How do you address your desire to have the latest and greatest in the tech world?