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3 Questions to Ask Before Committing iDolatry
"Do I get an iPad or not?" That is the question many are asking these days. With the pending release of Apple's newest "magical and revolutionary device," April 3 has become the new December 25 for many. Adults everywhere, techies or not, are salivating for this new gadget like Ralphie for his Red Ryder BB gun. In the process of determining whether or not I should take the plunge myself, I have begun asking some questions that might also help you in your process of prayerful evaluation. In fact, my hope is that they serve you well beyond this particular purchase but for others as well.
1. Is this a tool or a toy?
Is this an acute want or an actual need? While this may seem like a simple question, getting an accurate answer might be harder than we think. Our remaining sin is strong, our hearts are deceitful above all things (Jer. 17:9), and our justifications are often powerful and compelling. In addition to prayer and the study of Scripture, I have found that drawing other trusted friends into my evaluation process is a necessity as well. For me, it is usually my wife and one of my elders, but it can be anyone who knows our sinful tendencies well enough to help us gain the clarity we need. To answer this question, I often write out a list of the reasons why I think I need the product, whether or not it is a “tool” or a “toy” (there’s room for both, to a degree). Then I share that list with those helping me make the decision and engage in an actual dialogue. I use the word "actual" on purpose, because handing them my list and then getting upset when they push back on my reasoning won't help me make a sound decision. It just makes me look like an idiot.
2. What's the posture of my heart toward this device?
This may be the most important but often overlooked part of the process. I try to expose any of my idolatry regarding what it ultimately just a melding of metal and microchips that my heart has become inclined toward. I ask myself questions like:
3. Is this a wise financial move?
Recognizing that everything we have is ultimately God's and we will someday give an account for how we have managed His money, I simply crunch the numbers.