The All-Knowing Cell Phone

My cell phone thinks it knows better than me. It uses its past experiences, its logic and inbuilt programming to decide what is right.

Recently I can across the story of Charles (Chuck) Templeton.

He became an evangelist in 1941. In 1945 he and Torrey Johnson of Chicago met youth leaders from around the United States. They formed a working group that would become Youth for Christ. Billy Graham was their first evangelist. Shortly thereafter, Graham and Templeton undertook an evangelistic tour of western Europe for YFC.

We all know something of Billy Graham’s subsequent ministry. Charles Templeton, however, after a long struggle with doubt, declared himself an agnostic in 1957. He wrote his book, “Farewell to God,” in 1995 where he outlined his reasons for leaving the Christian faith.

Yet, in an interview with Lee Strobel shortly before his death, Charles Templeton said of Jesus, “I miss Him.”

It’s a sad story, but in some ways it reminded me of my cell phone. Using his experiences, his logic and the programming of the world around him, he set himself up as the final authority of right and wrong, fairness and unfairness, even though God has so much more experience, knowledge and wisdom than him. Just like my cell phone that thinks it knows better than I do.

Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. (Psalm 111 vs 2-4)

Considering how wise, powerful and loving God is, the best we can do is to trust Him and do what He says rather than what our limited intellect and experience deems right.

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