Computers are awesome things. They save us so much time (when they're up and running), and they waste so much time when they crash! I'm very familiar with the crashing part! (Can you say "backup drive?) :)
However, there are some things I take issue with my computer. It's very bad about doing what I tell it to do, and not what I want it to do. You know what I mean. Sometimes my fingers get to going so fast that I don't even realize that instead of hitting the "Tab" key, I hit the cAPS LOCK BUTTON BY MISTAKE AND WHEN I LOOK UP AT THE SCREEN AFTER A FEW LINES, I NOTICE THAT I HAVE ALL THESE HUGE LETTERS IN UPPERCASE INSTEAD OF WHAT I WANTED TO SEE ON THE SCREEN. SO, I HIT THE CAps button again, and correct the error. I believe this a new techno-disease called "S.F.S." (Stupid Finger Syndrome). I'm eat UP WITH IT....(OOPS! DID IT AGAIN)! THEre. That's better.
I know, I know. I shouldn't blame the computer. Sometimes I tell people there's a loose nut on my keyboard. Still, my computer is just a box filled with wires and circuit boards and hard drives. How arrogant of me to think that it can read my mind. Still, you'd think with all the new technology out there that someone would invent a PC that could do that, especially when you consider how expensive they are!
Still..... a computer doesn't think. It doesn't question. You hit a key, you get a response. Yes, computers are legalistic and impersonal. Learn the operating system, use the proper procedures, evade all the little pop-up "error windows" and you can enjoy the many benefits of using a PC. But, on the other hand, don't follow procedures, overload your system, crash the hard drive, open a contaminated email with a virus...... and you'll see a grown man cry! (It's not pretty).
Let's face it. Computers are cold, cruel, and heartless. Compassion? Forget that. Why do you think it's called a "hard drive"? You'll stand a better chance of herding cats from Texas to Arizona than you will in getting your computer to forgive you for that last "fatal error". Computers go by the old South Georgia saying, "What goes in the well comes out in the bucket".
So.... let's switch from your PC to JC (with “JC” being “Jesus Christ”). When it comes to a relationship with God, people tend to think of Him the same way they think about their computer. They think that God is the ultimate PC. The Bible becomes the "User Manual". As for the Holy Spirit, He's relegated to the role of "CD-ROM". Jesus handles the tech support.
So many people today think of God this way. If they push the right buttons and follow the proper sequence, ...... abracadabra.....instant salvation! Isn't that how most people think it's done? Conditional Christianity. If we do OUR part, then God (The ultimate PC) will do HIS. That's why so few people even bother to pray anymore. Why should they? After all, they control the keyboard!
High tech religion. No more praying. No need to kneel. No tears. No attitude of grattitude. No emotions. Just go from day to day..... boot up the PC when it's needed. Then, power down and put the laptop away in the briefcase until it's needed again.
No problems....... until you mess up. All at once you discover you hit "Delete" instead of "Save", or caPS LOCK INSTEAD OF Tab, or someone has hacked into your system, or a virus has locked up your system and fried your hard drive. What about a power surge that's not protected? Too bad. You're on your own.
Fact is.... God isn't anything like a PC. He's our Heavenly Father, not a motherboard. Don't treat God like a PC.... something you can switch on or off when you need it only to get what you want. God hates being treated that way. He desires a relationship, not a ritual. He's more concerned with people than He is with procedures.