17 October 2011

thoughts on steve jobs

This post is going up late today.  I had a migraine that literally brought me to my knees last night and so that set me back on my To Do List that never seems to end, including typing up a post for today.

Every Sunday in our church bulletin our preacher types up something.  Sometimes it is a story to go along with the days lesson.  Sometimes it is a mini sermon all on its own.  You never know what you will get.  Yesterday was this and it spoke volumes to me about who we are as a society:

Thoughts on Steve Jobs

As most of you have heard in the news, Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011.  Jobs was co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Apple, Inc.  The following article by Brent Harrison was written a few days after Jobs' death.

I don't know much about Steve Jobs.  Frankly, neither do you.

That's what seems strange to me about our world's response to his death.  We collectively mourn for a man with whom we never shared a meal, a man with whom we never had a conversation.

I'm not suggesting death shouldn't sadden us.  But we do this every time someone in the public eye passes away.  Are we grieving the death of Steve Jobs?  Or are we simply celebrating the technological advances he brought us -- and calling the celebration sorrow, masking our love for things with tears for a man?

I am full of sorrow, though.  I recently read an article which explains why Jobs, on his death bed, authorized a biography to be written about him.  Here are his words:

"I wanted my kids to know me.  I wasn't always there for them, and I wanted them to know why..."

I am sad for Jobs' children.

And I am equally sad for a nation who praises and glorifies a man simply because he achieved much in the world of business and technology.  That's a polite way to say it, I suppose.  Maybe it would be more accurate, or at least more pointed, to say it this way:  I am saddened that we worship a man simply because he gave us phones with touch screens.

How I wish our society honored those men who love their families with a love that is second only to their love for God.

- Brett Harrison

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