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Steve Jobs and Anti-Authoritarianism

      As most of you know, Steve Jobs was an anti-authoritarian.  He was widely praised by the press for questioning the pastor at 13 when he saw starving children on the cover of Life magazine.  Because the pastor could not give a satisfactory answer, the brilliant child rejected what he had been taught, Christianity.  He did not follow the norm, and dropped out of college after only one semester.  He rejected the convention of meals, and became a vegetarian.  (He also rejected the norm of bathing and he stank so bad that he was forced to work at nights, but that is another story.)  He rejected the norms of society and fathered a daughter out of wedlock.  This anti-authoritarian was one to go head-to-head against Microsoft,
    But was Steve Jobs really that anti-authoritarian?  Not really if one looks at how he ran his own company.  He wanted those who worked for him to give him 100% of their life.  For example, he was known to call up even his suppliers in the middle of the night (3 A.M.) and asked them detailed questions about their product.
    So before we lift Steve Jobs up as the ultimate anti-authoritarian, we must recognize that once he was in power, he was very controlling.  That is the same with the devil.  The devil tempts us to rebel against God.  But like Adam and Eve, we realize that the freedom from God means just that we have traded a kind Master for an evil tyrant.  We will always have a master.  You must choose if it is God or the devil whom you want to serve.
[Thanks to Rob Bradford for getting me to think on this one.]

Prayer to God

Have you ever thought what a privilege it is to pray to God?  I talk to my boss (who is 180 miles away) about once a month I talk to his boss about once every three months.  I have met my boss's boss's boss once and he would not know me from Adam.  I have met my boss's boss's boss's boss once about four years ago.  I think she knows my name, but that is all. 
What a privilege it is to be able to pray directly to God - my boss - Who loves me and listens to me, not just about work conditions, but about everything - food on the table, to helping my wife through math exams to healing.  Not only that, but He sent His Son to take away my sin so I can worship Him forever in heaven.  My boss's boss's boss's boss can't do that.
What a great God we have.

Baseball and Certainity

Man does exceptionally poorly in predicting the future.  As Yogi Berra said "It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future."  For example, at the beginning of the year, it was predicted that the Red Sox would be the American League East champions.  They were supposed to win a 102 games and it was widely assumed by many that they would win the World Series.  They had all the best pitching, etc., but they ended up in third place in the American League.  The Yankees had the best record in the American League, but they did not beat the Tigers, although they consistently beat the Tigers during the regular season.  And now the Philadelphia Phillies, with the best record in baseball, do not advance.  They were beaten by a wild card team.
Man does poorly predicting the future.  But God not only knows but also controls the future.  For example, He predicted that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem more than six hundred years before He was born.  And He predicted that Cyrus would rise up and send the Jews home from the Babylonian captivity.  Cyrus is an interesting name because Cyrus means shepherd.  Isaiah has a beautiful play on words:  "Cyrus, He is my shepherd."   Isaiah wrote about 150 years before Cyrus came to the throne.  Further, Cyrus is a Persian name, and at the time Isaiah made his prediction, Persia was a small country of insignificance. 
In conclusion, man is awful at making predictions.  God makes predictions and they always come true because He is God.

Steve Jobs and Heaven

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple computer, is dead.  He was a genius in making life better for me.  Just last year, I bought myself an iPod, and it has greatly improved the quality of life while traveling.  Listening to my music while flying is so much better than listening to the airline's one hour of music over and over and over.  Now I can listen to a much greater variety of music - Gregorian chants are not often (ever?) offered on the airlines.  Nor is Victory at Sea. 
Steve Jobs and I were both born in the same month of the same year - but he was far more innovative than I was, and he earned more money in one year than I will ever earn in a lifetime.  But the real question is what of the afterlife? 
In Acts 4:11-12 we read "Jesus is 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.' Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
So the question that God will ask Steve Jobs is "Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior?"  Hint:  that question is based on what occurs on earth, not when you are before the Judge.  So no matter how great a man Steve Jobs was, no matter what his brilliance was in making superb products, no matter how much money he earned or gave away, no matter how he loved his wife and three children, the real question comes down to "Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior?" for salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given to mankind by which we must be saved.  That is the question.  This is an open book exam.  How well will you do?