There is a (very long) blog in the Dallas Morning News that asked several theologians if we need a "Steve Jobs of Religion". This question is based upon a NYT article titled "Americans Undecided about God?" by Eric Weiner who is a self proclaimed "None" (people who chose None under Religious affiliations when surveyed). Weiner writes:
"We need a Steve Jobs of
religion. Someone (or ones) who can invent not a new religion but,
rather, a new way of being religious. Like Mr. Jobs's creations, this
new way would be straightforward and unencumbered and absolutely
intuitive. Most important, it would be highly interactive. I imagine a
religious space that celebrates doubt, encourages experimentation and
allows one to utter the word God without embarrassment. A religious
operating system for the Nones among us. And for all of us."
Cynthia Rigby, W.
C. Brown Professor of Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological
Seminary, suggests today's Christianity is more interactive and
intuitive than the Nones realize. The Steve Jobs of religion would be
the ones providing insight to the interactive and intuitive nature of
And that is where I think the Life Group Coaches and leaders come
into play. We don't need to be Steve Jobs the inventor, but maybe Steve
Jobs the lover of his inventions. If you've seen videos of him talking
about Apple products, his eyes are alive and he can't wait to tell you
about all the features of the product, how it will change your life and
how it changed his life. As soon as his video is over, you want to go
out and buy it at that very moment.
If we as Leaders can relate our
enthusiasm, our love of Christ to our teams in the same manner - how
powerful it becomes. We reach out to our teams (and the Nones in our
world) to show them the intuitive and interactive nature of our God and
our church. And we are there to walk through life with them. My hope
and desire is that they will respond and want to invite Christ into
their hearts - right at that very moment.
Post by guest blogger, Victor Galvan, one of Legacy's LifeGroup coaches.