I just upgraded to the iPhone 5S, and I’m not sure why. In retrospect, I think it’s kind of like the ocean current, only instead its culture current that’s pulling me in. Someone said this to me today in reference to iPhones . “They never make a product to outlive its user; it’s bad business.” Hence the way a lot of big corporations make and market their products today is usually “Good” for the company's pocket and “Bad” for the consumer's pocket. Well my newest, new phone is blue and that’s pretty cool. It’s got a lot of nice functions but is purposely limited. Purposely limited to assure I get the newest, new phone when it comes out with the “better” functions that were already available from the start, but kept back, to keep me…Coming back. I wonder if my grandchildren will have the iphone1000. Okay, so this isn’t really about iphones, what I really want us all to consider is this: Are we being pulled in and under by the culture current? Are we at risk of losing control, and drowning in this fast pace microwavable culture? Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable perfect will of God.”
Ever felt the ocean current wrap its massive arms around your legs and pull you in deeper? I’m not the best swimmer so maybe it’s more frightening a feeling for me than it is for you, but I can recall that feeling being quite scary. One minute I’m standing chest deep, and the next minute, I’m chin deep, fighting to get back. You can literally stand in a relatively shallow point of ocean water and suddenly be swept up and pulled in deeper; and deeper within seconds. Some people have even drowned and died from the merciless strength of the Ocean’s pull. We cannot or at least should not deny nor underestimate the oceans strength, we ought to respect it. The trick is it can be deceitful, seductive, and alluring. Seemingly innocent and safe, but in a moment it can turn on you and swallow you whole. The Culture current in which we live has the same power, and is equally dangerous. The culture today, at least here in the states, and I believe it is similar in most of the world's modernized countries; is F-A-S-T, fast! Breaking news interrupts breaking news on all our devices, not only television. Tweets, beeps, & digital alerts, keep us in the “loop”. Text messages, face time, Skype, the post office is in trouble! The music industry is still trying to figure out how to function in this climate. Children dictate to record label executives how they prefer to get and listen to music. News about an artist trumps the actual music the artist is making. An album is merely an addition to an artist video series, blog, ads, news and media, due to the culture's shortened attention span and desire for more quick fixes. We have to keep up with what’s new, and what’s new is instantly old; so through the revolving door we go. We want more, we demand more, and we want it faster! This morning’s story is old news by the evening. With all this going on it’s easy to be pulled in by the culture current. Subconsciously adapting to whatever lifestyle the culture deems necessary today. It starts on a surface level, but can rapidly become a much deeper issue.
Do we even notice how deep? What are our treasures? What are our contributions to society? What do we deem important, and hold dear to our hearts? Are they things, Possessions? Are they things that provide instant gratification? Is it something that is momentary, Seasonal? Where is our heart, our mind and focus? Are we lost in a world of social media? What excites us, and fills our time? Does the culture current dictate what is acceptable, what is “cool” and how we ought to live and function? I think I need to come up for air today. I need to fight the pull of the culture's current, get back to solid ground, and get grounded in the only thing that will surely outlive its user. That is the word of God.
Mathew 7:20 says, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” All the hype of today will certainly pass away. The kids today don’t listen to James Brown, and the kids tomorrow won’t listen to Jay-Z, but the kids of every generation will hear and hopefully listen to the word of Jesus Christ. Society is ever changing. But we don’t have to accept the terms of our society’s culture when its motives, intent, and or result and product are evil, wicked, spiritually detrimental, sinful, and a distraction from truth. I’m not saying my iPhone is sinful or necessarily harmful, but the value and attention I give it can turn into something sinful and harmful. Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” My desire is to slow down, and consider the truth of God. By his grace I want to learn to live a truly meaningful life in the eyes of the Lord. Heaven and earth... and iphones too, will surely pass away. But the word of God will always remain. So let’s not get caught up in the microwave hype of today, but instead get caught up in the everlasting word of God; setting our minds on things of eternal significance, and value. After-all the eternal-gevity of the Holy bible is undeniable, for it is the word of the great I-AM.