Our Society and our lives can become so easily consumed by technology because it is all around us and required to do many things that we enjoy. In current news, the iPhone 6 is getting released this Friday the 19th. With two different versions of the iPhone 6 ranging from $200 all the way to $500 if your contract is available for upgrade, Apple has reached four million pre-orders for the new iPhone in the first 24 hours it was available. Being a college student and interested in technology I was intrigued at what this new phone has to offer. In need of a new phone I am considering getting this iPhone.
Many people will desire to get this iPhone because it is the newest device that Apple has to put out even if they do not have a need for a new phone, they are willing to wait in lines for hours just so they can be on of the first people of their friends to have it.
I feel that this mentality of life and way of viewing different products can become a huge issue in society. Phones such as the iPhone can take such a high pedestal in peoples life that it can be an idol or a device of worship. As much as I would like to be one of the first people to have the iPhone I have been questioning myself recently to see if my motive and intentions for getting it are okay. First off, I don’t really need it because I have a phone, even though it’s a bit older, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t do what I need it to do. Secondly, if I got it I might potentially be proud to show off what I have while others do not. God calls us not to boast in anything such as gift, talents or wisdom because it is all given to us by Him, but we should boast in God, and Him alone (Jer. 9:24-25).
No matter how new they are now or how sturdy they may seem, in time they will fade away and become old and eventually break down. Knowing that nothing on this earth is eternal, we should not build this Phone up so much to where it partially controls us. Yet we should put our security in God who is eternal and even when this Earth fades he will remain. “ Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt. 6:19-20). All of us have material things that we love in life but how much security do we have in these things that will eventually fail us?