A is for…
I’m not a big Apple fan. In fact, at times I vacillate between downright bitterness and gleeful acceptance. More than likely my next computer purchase will be an Apple. I’m unbiased enough to recognize the quality of product. I’m cheap enough to recognize the slick marketing and price configurations. But there is a growing cynicism within me towards Apple.
Funny thing is that it really isn’t anything that Apple does that contributes to this growing cynicism. It’s the church. The christian church in America to be specific. It seems that more and more church leaders are falling over themselves as they run to the Apple fanboy clubhouse. I did a quick search and ran across no less than 10 blog posts most of which asked the question, “What if Steve Jobs was a pastor?”
A fun question.
This week as the fallout from the recent iPhone 4 fiasco hit the fan the proverbial straw broke my proverbial back. Everyone loves to promote the slick, beautiful, reliable aspects of the Apple world. We are also drawn to the underdog feel as Apple battles the evil Microsoft empire. It’s like CS Lewis wrote a whole new fantasy series. The Geek, the nerd and the computer.
I value the opportunity to learn from other people and organizations. Apple and Steve Jobs seem to function at a pretty high level, especially when it comes to technological creativity. The problem becomes when things lose proper balance. Learning from a person or entity should fit within the goals of the Kingdom of God. It seems to me that many church leaders are taking the bait. Marketing church like Apple. Running church like Steve Jobs. Blurring the line between learning principles and mimicking practices.
The church begins to function just like a corporate office. Everything so
and tightly organized.
The outsider begins to feel as though they don’t belong.
The church ceases to be the church.
This is not a rant against Apple so much as it is a reminder to not lose sight of what is most important. In our efforts to create culture we sometimes end up just copying culture. We just wrap christian words around it to sanctify it.
What areas of church and culture have become to blurred for your personal comfort?