Today I am getting rid of my smart phone. I could expound greatly upon numerous reasons, but I will instead quickly summarize. First, I long for holiness and to humbly be an example for others. For years, I’ve joked with my mentor, Bro. Al Jackson about his not having a cell phone or a computer. I am beginning to understand his choices more and more each day.
Men have come to me confessing how their smart phones have become an instrument for sin, especially the lust of the eyes. Jesus said, “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” (Matthew 5:29 ESV) In order to be an example to the men over whom God has called me to be an overseer, and to prevent an opportunity for myself to sin, I am trashing my iPhone, that device that is so attached to me that it has become a “member.”
Furthermore, I want to be a good father. My smartphone, that is being constantly available via text or email, combined with a desire to update social networks, has taken time away from my children. I want them to see their dad as a partner in playtime, a caring husband, and a servant to others, not someone attached to his phone.
Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. I love my Apple laptop, iPad, and Apple TV. I think technology does great things for our lives. However, I have to decide what is more important – technology or holiness; technology or family
Seems like an easy call to me.
Of course, people have raised objections. Here’s some common things I’ve heard and my responses.
“What will you do for GPS when your drive?” I’m going to buy a GPS unit for my car.
“What if people need to immediately get in touch with you?”
If it’s that urgent, they’ll know how to find me.
“Won’t you miss social media, email, and texting others?”
I still have a computer and an iPad, so I’m not completely cut off. Plus, the postal service still delivers mail each day; consider writing me a letter.
“Your choice is too drastic to me. I could never do that.”
I used to say the same thing to Bro. Al. This is my choice, not yours.
In conclusion, I ask that you pray for me…that God would continue to mold me into the husband, father, and pastor He has called me to be. May my life honor Him always.