Mar 29, 2009

A tight fit...

This week in Moraga, California, college students gathered to break a world record. The task? see how many college students could fit in a phone booth. When I read the story two things came to mind: First, how did college students even know what a phone booth is? And second, where did they find one?


This week I filled up my car at the Quickmart. Now I have been filling up here for almost two years and for the very first time I noticed someone talking on the pay phone. I didn't even know the Quickmart had a pay phone! As I watched the person, a thought occurred to me, "How much does it cost these days to make a pay phone call?"  I honestly don't know. I searched on the internet to find the answer. I found a story from 2002 stating that Qwest was raising their rates to $0.50. But that was seven years ago! It's probably much more now. The next time I am at the Quickmart, I will have to check and see. But honestly, I believe pay phones are rapidly becoming obsolete.


Six out of ten people around the world have cell phone subscriptions. This is according to a study out of Geneva, earlier this month. The report estimates that 4.1 billion people have cell phones. This is up from the 1.0 billion people in 2002. The study also said that 23 percent of the world had internet access. That is up from 11 percent in 2002. The study doesn't say, but I would wager that within 10 years, everyone in the world will have access to a cell phone or internet. Even those tribes in the Amazon that eat Manioc and Monkeys and have large bones in their lower lip.


I should point out that while the world is rapidly increasing saturation for cell phone and internet use, it isn't breaking the college-students-in-a-phone-booth world record. This week only 22 students were able to get into the phone booth. The world record is 25 students set by a south-African team 1958.


One would think that with all this access to technology that it would be much easier to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. And yet there is so much information out there in the internet the words of Jesus get lost in the maze. Finding the live-saving words of Jesus through the internet is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.


Ultimately, cell phones, internet and other technologies are just tools. No more and no less. God needs you to "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."  (1 Peter 3:15). That's why God himself became man and dwelt among us. He didn't use a cell phone! No, sharing the life-saving words of Jesus will still be through one-to-one relationships. No cell phones or phone booths needed!


By the way, a thought just occurred to me. Where does Superman change into his costume now?




Pastor David Hook

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