Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Fighter Verses: Using Your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad To Glorify God
Chances are that you either own have used at one point some sort of smartphone or iPod. They are pretty cool, there's no denying it. However, with unlimited access to the internet in the palm of our hand, we need to be careful—we could be tethering ourselves to constant temptation.
So, the decision we Christians need to make is this: how can we use our technology to glorify God? We need to decide to either eliminate our contact with the technology or figure out how we can use it to grow in our walk with the Lord. Jesus spoke in no uncertain terms about how we are to react to temptations to sin:
 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.  And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.  And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell,  ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’
(Mark 9:43-48 ESV)
I've found that one way to glorify God with the technology that I have (an iPhone 4, specifically) is to use it to put scripture into my head. I use the Logos Bible app to access a library of information that has been helpful when I haven't had a bible around or when I needed to look up a different translation.
But we need to look at our technology as more than just a backup. We need to be putting the Word of God into our minds and hearts daily. We need to be committing it to memory so that we might conform our lives to it and be able to daily think on it. Truth is...there's an app for that. Fighter Verses, an app put out by Desiring God, can be used to help you memorize scripture. Teens and young adults who have grown up in a technologically-based world are more likely to gravitate towards something like this, and I am glad that DG has taken advantage of that. The app is simple to use, cheap, and filled with a wealth of resources to help you memorize Scripture.
While it shouldn't take an app to get to you to put the Word of God into your head and heart, if this app helps you do so, then by all means I will praise God for that.
Try it out!
on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fighter-verses-memorize-bible/id411711646?mt=8
on the web: (if you don't want to or cannot use the mobile version): http://www.fighterverses.com/set-2-core-esv/week-3