I couldn’t tell you what the difference is between an iphone and a droid, other than that they’re different. My phone for the past years was a basic phone because we couldn’t afford the smartphone I had as a church planter. Now that I’m gainfully employed as a pastor again, it is a necessity. For those who may not think so, here’s some stats from Outreach magazine:
-75% of the U.S. population owns a mobile phone
-90% of us use one on a daily basis
-60% don’t go an hour without checking it (like me!)
-85% of children own a phone, while 73% own books (don’t let my wife/librarian read this!)
All of that is fairly interesting, but here’s the one that really gets me – if I could figure it out. It says that there are “7 millions” people on the planet (my guess is that it’s actually in billions). “5 millions” have a cell phone, and only “4 millions” own a tooth brush (must be in billions). So, more people own cell phones than own toothbrushes?! Ick. I suppose everybody has to communicate through phones because of all that bad breath.
Even in the year that I took a sabbatical from smartphones, things have improved quite a bit. I feel like I had to learn it all over again. But what surprises me more is how many kids have them. I saw a middle school kids last week who had a new Samsung Galaxy 3, certainly a step above my Motorola Razr. It’s hard to keep up.
But, I have to keep up. It’s the language most people speak, and how can I communicate if I don’t speak the language? I believe that Jesus was up on the latest trends and lingo of the first century. That’s pretty much the definition of being incarnational. He knew what the people thought about the Pharisees. He also knew what the Pharisees thought about the people. It was clear to him that the people were looking for a messiah, but not the kind of messiah he was.
I believe he also dressed the way everyone else did. As a teenager, if walking around with your sandals untied was in, Jesus did it. If there was a certain hair style, he would have been all over it. It’s just like what Paul said in 1st Corinthians 9:22, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”
The trick is to not be consumed by what you’re a consumer of. Jesus found a way to be relevant without allowing the things of this world be too strong of an influence on him, and so should we.