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Who’s iRate at iPhone 4?

by fervreditor

Got your iPhone 4 yet? No? Neither have I. And I can’t see it happening. Apparently the launch of the new phone has not gone all that smoothly. According to Miranda Devine, writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, Steve Jobs is under siege from an “ungrateful world that gobbles up his beautiful inventions and then whinges about details.”

There is the issue with the antenna which, if held in a certain way, causes the phone to disconnect. Plus Jobs and his company have come under fire for certain policies and for limiting what apps they do and don’t allow. But what I found really interesting about this article was the way it concluded. Check this out;

“There are lots of reasons why Jobs is under siege, but the most potent is the spoiled brat phenomenon of humanity. The more we humans have, the more we want, the more dissatisfied and ungrateful we are. Even though iPhone and iPad devotees revel in the functionality and design of the devices, at the same time we take them utterly for granted, as a natural extension of ourselves. Of course I’m going to email on the bus. Of course I’m going to watch trashy TV shows on my iPad at the gym. Of course I’m going to read the newspaper or a book on my iPad in bed. These things that were unthinkable 10, five, even one year ago, we now simply expect. What we need is an app for gratitude, not cynicism, for just taking a moment to appreciate the magnificent achievements of the human mind, which are captured in that slim, sleek device our ancestors scarcely could have dreamed possible.”

Was I reading the Bible or the Newspaper? We are “spoiled brats”, easily “dissatisfied and ungrateful”. I do need an “app for gratitude, not cynicism”. It would be good if we took a moment to “appreciate” life more and criticized less.

The Bible says that one of the characteristics of the non-Christian is that they are ungrateful, particularly to God (Romans 1:21). However, Christians should be overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:7). We should sing with gratitude in our hearts to God (Colossians 3:16). Whatever we do, we should do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father (Colossians 3:17). And why should we be this thankful? Colossians 1:12 gives us the answer:

“giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”

God has treated us so kindly, giving us so many riches. And yet I can so easily act like a spoiled brat and always be looking for more. If there is an app for gratitude, it must be the gospel; remembering that I was in the dominion of darkness, but have been loved, redeemed and forgiven through Jesus on the cross.

So whether you’ve got an iPhone 4 or not, if you’ve got Christ, you’ve got nothing to be really iRate about.

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