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October 23rd, 2009
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  1. Tim
    October 23rd, 2009 at 07:28 | #1

    Should Apple really be promoted when they pledged so much money to oppose Prop 8 in California?

  2. Mike Baker
    October 23rd, 2009 at 14:15 | #3

    I won’t be upgrading. Microsoft has been “Mac-ifying” their OS and other major applications. The last upgrade to Microsoft Office was a total sham. I chalk these failures up to the continued degradation of the American society under a failed, self-esteem oriented public education system. ;)

    Apparently we can’t have any smart, robust operating systems anymore. We have to have cute little buttons and flash-media assistants that talk us through the most basic computing processes. That way we don’t have to learn or memorize anything. This frees up our time so that we can engage in the narcissistic pleasure of social networking while we spend most of our mammon on more useless–but sleekly integrated–gadgets.

    I’m Mike Baker and I’m a PC…….. for now.

    McCain to Baker: I hate to tell you this, but the days of people priding themselves on hard and complex it was to excecute even the most basic functions on a compute are long gone. That train left the station back in, oh, around 1990 or so? I attribute it to intense solar flare activity.

  3. Tim
    October 23rd, 2009 at 14:41 | #4

    @ptmccain
    Pastor McCain,
    I do see your point. I too wish it was as easy as a simple boycott.

    Your question provoked some thoughts. My rant isn’t aimed to attack you personally or anything, it’s just in general rant of a couple thoughts.

    I find myself at times longing for those Pre-Constantinian days of the Church when Christians still believed that we belong to the order or economy of God FIRST rather than that economy of the Empire and the order of the world. I think back to the refusal of Christians to sacrifice to the pagan gods and the persecutions and hardship it caused the church. Rome wanted unity around the economy of the temple to their gods. Christians who refused to participate in that economy of sacrifices and festivals were martyred for their “hatred of mankind” because they knew that as Christians they were called to be set apart, or Holy in what they say and do. For the time when the Church, who had the scriptures as we do now, made it clear that Christians were not to be in the Roman army. On this point I often am perplexed as to how as Lutherans we can come to such opposite conclusions about service in the military in our day. I don’t see our context as being very different from theirs. I think the answer lays somewhere in Luther’s context during the reformation and his subsequent writings, but I haven’t explored that thought enough yet.

    How and why is our situation as the church so different from that of the early church in this case? America doesn’t have temples dedicated to gods, but the god of America IS money. Our military exists to preserve our ‘freedom’ to pursue money so that we can feel ‘secure’.

    I can’t help but think about the witness it would be to the world if Christians took seriously the implications of how we live and what we buy and advertise for. Not all of the early Christians ran off to a monastery and I don’t mean to say that we need to start doing that either. The Church needs to remember that we belong to God’s order in this world FIRST and we ought to act that way. Our good works flow from our faith, so our actions really ought to reflect our membership in the Economy of God.

    I’m not sure how to address the rampant complacency that is found among so many of our churches. On the one hand I think I lot of Christians need to hear some SERIOUS law. However, I am too keenly aware of how paranoid we as Lutherans are of losing the gospel. The Gospel is more than just an intellectual assent to a concept our pastor teaches us. It should not just stop with our words on Sunday morning but our church leaders, in my experience anyway, don’t ever want to offer to us a suggestion of a way to live our Christian lives. Why do our churches create a false dichotomy between Justification and Sanctification? I worry that the sweet comfort of the Gospel is simply breeding complacency because we pound justification and just forget to talk about sanctification with anything approaching the fervor of our preaching on justification, especially since the Church no longer seems to care for Church discipline and we lack the fortitude to approach people about their sin, lest we “burden their consciences” with the seriousness of it.

    I hope this rant doesn’t seem too random considering the topic you posted about. These are the thoughts that your question and promotion of Apple prompted in me. I’m not sure what answers you have, if any, but I welcome whatever reply you might have.

    Tim

  4. October 23rd, 2009 at 16:41 | #5

    I do “computing” for a living and I run Microsoft products exclusively, but that is because most of my market runs their products. The hardware and software for “WinTel” is much more prolific and cheaper than anything Apple can produce. If I were to turn from being a “Jedi” to the “dark side” ;-) I would run open source exclusively. Even the Mac OS is a Linux “flavor”. No sir, “Darth Jobs” will never make me turn.

  5. October 23rd, 2009 at 18:33 | #6

    Luddites to Attention! I suggest returning to that most elegant of writing instruments — the fountain pen! Since many manufacturers of this wonderful agent of communication are no longer in business, we need not worry about who to boycott. Plus it is a wonderful feeling holding the pen in my hand, hearing the sound of the nib as it distributes the ink upon the page, and then seeing the flourishes of the letters as decoration that blesses as well as speaks… I have not found a way to blog with that pen but I have not stopped trying…

  6. califiowan
    October 23rd, 2009 at 19:03 | #7

    Mike Bakee #3
    I blame global warming.
    I’m Windows XP and I’m not upgrading.
    But the Mac crowd surely must have some fun. Let them have their simple pleasures…while the rest of us work on real computers.

  7. Matt L
    October 24th, 2009 at 07:41 | #8

    I’ll be upgrading to Windows 7 as soon as it arrives in the mail and contrary to the commercial, I will not have to “move” anything.

  8. October 24th, 2009 at 09:03 | #9

    I’m Joel, and I’m a PC because I believe in Microsoft All-Powerful. For yea, since the days of our Fathers, 3.1, 95, and 98, we have been in the wilderness of Zen. We have be tested by M-t on ME and they have given us XP. Behold, sayeth the profits, Vista was another ye olde test. Now, Windows 7, which is the number of perfection, will be given to all those who believe, or who have purchased a new and qualifying PC or Laptop in the last three months.

    Do not question, yeah, M-T, or else, the adversary, known as Mac, shall descend and make ye miserable with virus free worry.

  9. October 24th, 2009 at 12:39 | #10

    Joel :
    Do not question, yeah, M-T, or else, the adversary, known as Mac, shall descend and make ye miserable with virus free worry.

    “Virus free” is not correct. There are Mac viruses out there, but they are few and far in between. For one reason is that those writing virus programs follow the path of least resistance; so with Microsoft holding a clear majority of the market hackers, malware and virus producers are going to write code for the biggest “bang”. But, Mac users shouldn’t think they can never see a virus infection because that simply would not be true.

  10. Mike Baker
    October 24th, 2009 at 15:56 | #11

    Baker to Pr. McCain. :) I’m not talking about complicated as a matter of pride. I’m not a “C:\” snob who longs for the days of Fortran and Basic. I just think that there is no need to dumb computing down to the point where you lose alot of capability just so any trained monkey can operate a computer without bugging tech support. I am also tired of having to relearn where all the advanced processes are located because someone decided to have cute buttons and clever task windows instead of a simple pulldown menu.

    Baker to Larry. I’m with you. The pin and the hard-cover book are a welcome respite from all the techno-idolatry.

    Baker to everybody. The reason why Mac doesn’t get so many virus attacks is the same reason why snowcone stands don’t get hit up by bank robbers. Bank robbers know where the money is. ;)

    • October 24th, 2009 at 21:02 | #12

      Mike, your note gives me a good case of the chuckles. If the key to a “good computer” is how often operators have to consult tech support, definitely, the prize goes to WinTel platforms!

      : )

  11. Mike Baker
    October 25th, 2009 at 02:40 | #13

    I agree with you. I am certainly not a Microsoft cool-aid drinker. I use PCs because it is the best machine for what I need it to do. There is no “one size fits all” in computing (although we are fast approaching that point.) Some of us want a muscle car that we can totally take apart, substitute components, and push performance. If you just need a cute little car that will get you to the grocery store and back then I can suggest some really good e-machines for you.

    I honestly do not know where Mac falls in on that list… because Mac has no use for customers like me. They do not want to relinquish any control to their users. So, I just ignore them.

  12. October 25th, 2009 at 19:16 | #14

    I’m a PC because they are cheap and do everything I want them to do. I bought a demo model Pentium IV e-machines for $250 a couple of years ago pre-loaded with Vista and it hasn’t crashed on me once. It runs my Bibleworks just fine. I’m sure there are people in certain fields that can really benefit from a Mac and if you have the money I suppose anyone can benefit from the extra speed but the commercials have just gotten obnoxious.

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