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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Can You Live One Day Without Your Cell Phone?

In a recent forum, the question was asked, can you do without your cellphone for a week? Half of the respondents said no, they couldn't. On a television show yesterday, one segment was devoted to this matter of people's attachment to their cellphones. They showed some pictures, some quite humorous, of the extent of this attachment. One man was holding his phone above his wife's head so he could use it while she slept in the bed next to him.

Maybe it's my age, but sometimes I feel irritated when I step into an elevator and see everyone, cellphone in hand, gazing intently at the screen, index finger moving busily in some cases. I ask myself, how did they ever live before the days of cellphone? But I guess the answer would be, you won't miss what you never had. Now I'll confess, I do have an attachment. To my computer. I would be miserable if I had to go a week without it. Unless I was on vacation. And even then I do sneak away to check my email once in a while.

So, it makes me wonder, why are we so dependent on things? For most people nowadays, it might be the cellphone, for me it's my computer, for someone else it may be a car, a hobby or a sport. The Bible warns us to flee from idolatry (1 Corinthians 10: 14). But, you say, I don't worship anything. You may not bow down to it and pray to it as pagans do, but if it, whatever it might be, is

a) something you are so attached to that you can't live without it for a day
b) you elevate it higher than God
c) you spend more time with it than with the word of God, or even with your own family
d) you crave better and/or bigger of the same - the latest iphone, ipad, SUV or whatever.  

If you answer yes, to any of the above, then that thing has become your idol. In Exodus 20 :3, God warns, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." In verse 5 He goes on to say, "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;"

Let's examine ourselves. God loves us so much He is jealous of the time we devote to other things or other people. I like my computer, but I don't let it stop me from reading the Word, or attending church. If you are in church and you have to check your cellphone or send a text every minute, God is jealous because He wants to spend time with you. He wants to take first place in your life. If you let him, you'll experience greater joy, greater satisfaction, greater fulfillment than any gadget can ever give you.


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