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October 14, 2011


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אבחון פסיכודידקטי

The assist technological innovation that have designed in reaction to factors like the iPhone and public networking, there's a pretty excellent possibility I would have had category on that day.

Aaron Stern

Noelle - Amazing perspective! Seems easier to see it all from the context you are in. I think when we are in the middle of it all it can be more difficult to see and definitely because of the applause and cultural normalcy, harder to resist.

A thoughtful, prayerful approach is the goal with the higher value being personal and eternal. Thank you for your comments.

Noelle Goodlin

One more quick thought. Perhaps the ease of technology -- particularly social media outlets -- allows us to quickly post a thought or fleeting emotion without considering the weight of our words. I highly doubt most Christians believe that Steve Jobs changed people in an eternal, heart-transforming way. They simply posted their initial response to the emotion and shock of the moment, caught in the wave of public grief. But that impulsive act is exactly the point that your blog is making. Are we at risk of losing the thoughtfulness and weight of our words/journey by reducing it to sound bites posted in a flurry because we can always change our status or tweet in 5 minutes again if we would like?

Clearly I feel quite strongly about this issue. =)

Noelle Goodlin

Great blog, Aaron. Much appreciated on this side of the world! It was interesting to watch the West mourn Steve Job's passing while living in a country where 80-90% of the population has never used a computer or any piece of technology more profound than a cell phone.

I found myself most concerned by Christians who twittered thoughts about Steve Jobs changing the world for eternity or changing their lives in a powerful way. I appreciate the power of technology -- especially when I feel lonely or homesick for family and friends in America! However, eternal change comes from no man but from God and the work of the Holy Spirit. Steve Jobs and his brilliant talent influenced the world no doubt...and in many ways for the better. But it is God and God alone who works out eternity in each man's heart. The Bible clearly tells us He is the one who sets it there.

We are becoming so quick to idolize and sentimentalize human beings in the same light and framework as individuals who know no better but to worship created things. I sincerely hope and pray that we can become more honest in our faith about the tension of honoring an individual's contributions to the world we live in without placing on them the burden and worship of something more.

Aaron Stern

Joshua - Thanks for your comment. You make some good points and I think we would land in similar places. Technology is how we use it is the key. It can be a wonderful resource, as it sound like it has been for you, and it can also wreak havoc in our lives.

My main point for writing the post was to have us think about technology and not take it in mindlessly. For instance, facebook has many wonderful benefits in regard to connecting people far away from one another but it can also give us a false sense of relationship and take us away from face-to-face, personal relationships.

What has our attention and affections and the fruit of it is the right question!

Joshua Dembicki

Hm... I don't know, Aaron. Yes, the humanity aspect is always an important consideration. Technologies are neutral; it through the ways we use them that symbolic meaning is derived and they come to be 'good' or 'bad.'

Still, I have to push back from this. These are good questions to consider, but they infer a decline, as if the human condition is not improving, but getting worse.

Could God use Steve Jobs to build his Kingdom, even though Steve Jobs was a Zen Buddhist? Could God have influenced the explosion of the Technological Revolution? Of Facebook? The iPhone? On-line dating?

I understand the idea of a false sense of growth, improvement. "At least browsing facebook is better than sitting in front of the tube, watching Road Rules." And yet, isn't it true? People are more connected, are they not?

Perhaps I haven't processed this enough to articulate the source of my resistance. Maybe part of it comes from the depth of my gratitude to Steve Jobs and to the technological advancements of the last eight years or so. I'm in grad school at a great school (DU) now, and for a guy with a learning disability who barely graduated high school (2000), that's quite the landmark achievement. Without the assistive technologies that have developed in response to things like the iPhone and social media, there's a good chance I wouldn't have had class on Wednesday. I might not have met my lovely girlfriend.

Rather than measuring Steve Jobs' contributions to the world by the cost of using the devices his legacy has left, perhaps we could take notice of the way people have simply shift their idolic foci. How much time are we devoting to these systems and devices? And what is the fruit? Where did we borrow that time from? And what was the fruit from that?

I for one, spend a lot more time online, in social media, and practically attached to my iPhone than I ever have before. And yet, I'm far better connected with friends and family, I'm more productive, and I'm growing in my walk with Jesus.

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