Ok, so i was messing around with it one night. I was downloading apps, reading my email, checking facebook, following sports scores, tweeting, chatting on aim, listening to music, seeing which of my buddies was on xboxlive, playing games, watching my youtube channel, etc (Do you get the point that you can do everything on it?!?!?). And this realization came to my head: If I only had a phone and camera on this thing, i wouldn’t need another electronic device. I’m a big proponent of the idea that buying things won’t bring us happiness, but this product is about as close as I’ve come.
So here’s the point. I was watching the new blackberry comercial and was thinking to myself, “Wow, everyone is trying to immitate the iphone.” In fact, everyone is trying to immitate the macbook and the ipod and the iphone and the imac and OSX. People try to make their programs look like Apple programs. They try to make their mp3 players look like apple’s mp3 players. They try to make their packaging look like Apple’s packaging. Everyone is trying to be like Apple.
And churches should be the same. Not because every church should be setting the trend (that would be impossible). But what Apple is doing is rethinking the way people come into contact with technology. I can get the same internet on my Dell Inspiron 9300, but for some reason I’d rather get the internet on a macbook. I can watch the same videos, i can listen to the same songs, but i’d rather do it on an ipod. I’d rather have the cool little icons at the bottom of my desktop, but my little windows start button does the same thing.
Apple is racking their brains trying ot provide people with an entirely new experience with the same technology. And they’re always changing. Ipod’s used to have sweet click wheel, but the touches are completely different. Both technologies were innovative, and I bet Apple does something completely different in 5 years. They’ll create a whole new music listening experience.
So you can stand up and preach every sunday. Your message is, hopefully, the same message that Jesus was carrying around 2000 years ago, but hopefully you really wrestle with how you can help people come into contact with that message.
Churches have always had “greeters” in one form or another. Some places they merely hand you a bulletin and other places they have an army of greeters, strategically placed throughout their building. They’ll stop you, shake your hand, ask you how your day is and offer some assistance. They won’t hand you anything and you’ll probably forget that they are greeters.
So Christians, sit down for an hour today. Or 4 hours. Or spend a weekend. Rack your brain. Pray. Ask other people. Figure out some new ways to engage today’s world with the same message Jesus was engaging his world.
And then realize that in 4 years. or 3. or 2. or 1. you’ll have to do the exact same thing, only in a brand new way…