I swear I am not making this up.
A company called ‘Christian Family’ just released the world’s first ‘Christian’ tablet, called the edifi. It comes with free apps including 27 Bible translations, safe web browsing, and Christian internet radio. The following lines are direct quotes, excerpted from enthusiastic customer Mandy’s review on the Christian Family website. Again, I swear I am not making this up.
“The touchscreen isn’t really for touching… not as smooth as say my touchscreen phone. I have had trouble with downloading apps and using the apps… I have had to re-start and deal with force closing, quite a bit. However, I can be very persistent and patient and seemingly the more I use them the less I am getting error messages. The App Squared app is supposed to allow you to download apps, for the last three days I have tried to do so, but it always force closes on me and when I get to do a search nothing comes up. Overall… It’s been rewarding to tell my friends and family that I have a Christ-centered tablet.”
Mandy gave the edifi 4 out of 5 stars. It seems she believes that the term ‘Christ-centered’ refers to anything that does not work as it was designed. Which, now that I think about it, actually explains much of USAmerican Evangelicalism.
All jokes aside, I have to say I find the edifi, and other products like them, extremely disturbing. Not because they are necessarily morally wrong, but because of the damaging impact of putting the emPHAsis on the wrong sylLAble.
We were meant to focus on making ourselves Christ-centered, not our technology.
Humans can be Christians, humans can be Christ-centered, but inanimate objects can never be! But, it’s much easier to skip personal character and instead focus on our surroundings. And so we reduce Christianity to listening to ‘Christian’ music, wearing ‘Christian’ t-shirts, sucking on ‘Christian’ mints, and shopping at ‘Christian’ bookstores.
It’s bad enough that much (most?) of the ‘Christian’ products are vastly inferior to their… ‘unChristian’ counterparts.
It’s a tragedy when we strip-mine the concept of ‘Christ-centered.’ Reducing ourselves to such a poor understanding of fixing our eyes on Jesus does not enrich our journey, but instead impoverishes our spirit.