March 6, 2012 | A shocking number of my friends and acquaintences have descended into a life of sin. Sin! Shocking, simply shocking!
Chances are, you know people like them as well. No skill is required to identify them, for they brazenly flaunt their sin. I'm sure you've received emails that end like these:
I say unto you, these are examples of the sin of Pride. Pride of device. For they so love their electronic gadgetry that they boast of it: "Look at me, I own a device capable of doing five hundred things I will probably never do!"
And pride is a capital sin, for it engenders another sin: Envy. Surely the recipient is supposed to think, "Gee, I wish I had one of those! It can probably do five hundred things I will probably never want to do!"
And this device-pride has led another of my friends to close her messages thusly: "Sent from my (pretend)iphone." Oh, the pity.
Smartphone and tablet users have been co-opted into the great American advertising game. These taglines are just like the label on the back of your jeans which, hopefully, says something like "Dolce & Gabbana" rather than "HUSKY." It's not enough that we should buy the manufacturer's product, we should also advertise to all who walk behind us!
Let's face it. Having "2(X)ist" embroidered into the waistband of your underwear does nothing for the fit of the garment. No, it is to announce to others in the locker room at the gym, "Be impressed — I can afford to pay $24 for a pair of underpants instead of an 8-pack from Walmart."
I implore you, the next time you are tempted to sign off one of your messages with "Sent from …," think: Why Would Jesus Care?
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