Chris Haw writes a fantastic piece over at The Other Journal called The Christian and the iPhone: A Primer for Black Friday. I can only describe reading the article this way: Haw looked inside my brain, made sense of the mess, and miraculously managed to make it coherent. Here’s the opening:
I have managed thus far to resist my desires to buy an iPhone through the lucky confluence of several factors:
(1) I cannot afford one.
(2) In light of the economic state of the world in the last four hundred years, my affection grows almost daily for the economic lifestyle of conservative Anabaptists like the Amish and Bruderhof community, who seem to be among the most economically radical and cutting-edge within the church.
(3) I have spent a few years reading and thinking about the writings of Wendell Berry.
If I had written it myself, I would have included (4) My wife has one (she really needed it for her job), and after the initial intrigue wore off, I can’t come up with a single reason why I need one.