Just over 10 years ago in early 2007 Apple CEO Steve Jobs held up the first iPhone and said “Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.”
From the outset let me be clear and say I am not a paid up ‘Mac Fan Boy’ but the statistics paint a convincing picture. For instance the introduction of the iPhone resulted in:
- The internet now being in everyone’s pocket with an explosion in internet data traffic (Ericson reported a 400,000 percent increase in data traffic in just 10 years)
- transformed photography from a hobby to a part of everyday life
- people consuming more media (news and video) than ever before
- the App Store which changed the way software was created and distributed (ie no longer on CD or disk)
- massive profits for Apple with the business growing 10 fold at least and making its share price the most valuable company on the stock market
- the growth of rival companies like Samsung who jumped on the ‘coat-tails’ of Apple with their own smartphone while ruining other companies like Blackberry and Nokia that did not adapt
- and it even reduced the sales of chewing gum (see below).
- It would be fair to say that not only was the Apple iPhone revolutionary but it was also a game changer.
A ‘game changer’ is an event, idea, procedure or even object that effects a significant shift in the current way of doing or thinking about something. The iPhone definitely meets the criteria of that definition.
However, what that definition is lacking is the concept that a person can be a game changer. During Lent this year we will be exploring that Karl Faase series that makes the claim that Jesus is the game changer.
The series will highlight that very few people in western democracies question the equality of all people, such as the moral imperative to help the poor, the right for education to be available to all, or even the provision of medical and hospital care. Yet these values have not always existed and if not for the life and teaching of Jesus this world would be a very different place. The series will culminate on Easter Sunday with one of the most game changer beliefs – ‘forgiveness’ – personified and made possible only through Christ.
Most importantly, I hope we also realise that not only is Jesus a game changer in western democracies but he is also the ultimate game changer in our lives.
I am not sure if Jesus is likely to change the revenue sales of chewing gum; but I do know that he can clean up my past and change my eternity – and for me that is a total game changer.
(Footnote: Chewing gum is often an impulse buy at checkouts. The introduction of the iPhone and similar devices has resulted in easy access to social media and emails. Consumers are more likely to check their phone now while waiting in line – drawing their attention away from the items positioned for impulse buys such as chocolate, magazines and most notably chewing gum.)