Iphone’s Omission California knows what a little erosion can do. The drought has caused the ground cover vegetation to die. You might think, “so what?” that doesn’t seem very important. Yet, the day it rains and the earth begins to wash away and mudslides ensue it becomes very important. That little bit of vegetative ground cover plays a significant role in helping prevent the ground from shifting and mudslides from occurring with catastrophic results.
I learned something quite interesting the other day. While making plans for Easter it was discovered that Good Friday and Easter were not listed on the iPhone’s calendar, but April’s Fools’ Day was (both occur on the same day this year). How can you plan for a holiday that Apple doesn’t recognize? So, I checked into it and this is what I found:
“While looking for the Good Friday and Easter Holiday on US Holidays calendar supplied on the Apple devices the users found none of these holidays listed there. However, this is not a case with every holiday as some of [sic] religious holidays are there but Easter and Good Friday are missing from iPhone calendar [sic]. However there are rumors that Good Friday & Easter are dropped in US [sic] but available in other countries like Australia.”
How about that? Apple just decided to omit any indication of Good Friday and Easter on their iPhone calendars that are sold in the US yet in other parts of the world they choose to recognize them. Que SNL’s Dana Carvey’s portrayal of the ‘Church Lady’ saying, “Well, isn’t that special?”
Why did they choose to remove a prominent holiday from their calendar anyway? After all, Good Friday and Easter have been recognized holidays for a very long time. A majority of our country’s companies recognize the holiday, as does the US stock market, and as do many school systems throughout our nation.
You may be thinking, “Why is this important? You can add any calendar you want to your iPhone through an app.” I get it, well actually I didn’t (an app that is), but I do understand that position. Now, ask yourself this question, “Why, if it isn’t a big deal, did they remove this holiday?” Apple made a very subtle yet powerful decision (either consciously or unconsciously) to omit Good Friday and Easter from their phone’s calendar.
Good Friday and Easter are the most important of all Christian events. Some may say, “Christmas is bigger” but remember without Christ’s death and His resurrection, His birth is not as significant. Jesus was born to die for our sins. Easter celebrates Christ’s victory over sin and death.
Christ’s victory is our victory, for everyone who believes in Him, Christ will give them eternal life. It is the single biggest event in all of human history and it is being brushed aside. If Apple continues on this path, and it looks like they will, it is reasonable to assume that it is only a matter of time before they omit Christmas from their calendar, too?
Now, I did find a bit of humor in Apple’s decision to retain April Fools’ Day (or All Fools’ Day) in its calendar in lieu of Easter. It is a lesson in the folly or foolishness of man. So, in honor of Apple’s choice, I thought I would share some wisdom about fools:
• A fool and his money are soon parted.
• He who is wise man by day is no fool by night.
• Wise men change their minds, fools never.
• Foolishness is more than being stupid, that deadly combination of arrogance and ignorance.
• A fool can’t help but be a fool but when others follow, he makes a fool of us all.
• My wisdom absent God’s wisdom is nothing more than a best guess.
Here are some Biblical quotes about wisdom and foolishness:
• The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” they are corrupt and have done abominable iniquity; there is none who does good (Ps. 53:1).
• The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prov. 1:7).
• To do evil is like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom (Prov. 10:23).
• The way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise (Prov. 12:15).
• Professing to be wise they became fools… (Rom. 1:22).
• For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. (1 Cor. 3:19)
• See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil (Eph. 5:15-16).
The most foolish thing in the world is to not accept what Jesus has done for you. Recognize that Christ’s death is a gift to us. He took the punishment for what we have done wrong. He offers forgiveness to everyone who asks.
What will you do? Christ will give you what you ask for. Ask for His forgiveness and accept His salvation and you will receive eternal life with Him. Those who refuse Christ’s gift receive what they want: an eternity without Him. Just remember where Christ is not, is a place full of fools.
Your Pastor, Dave Rowser