PROVE ME WRONG

Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

Matthew 7:9-10, and Luke 11:12

If your son asks for your love, will you give him a cellphone?

If your daughter asks for your love, will you give her an iPhone?

If your son asks for your love, will you give him a smartphone? 

Millions of Christians, already addicted to mobile devices themselves, give mobile devices to their children for Christmas.  These same Christian parents, who never considered the consequences of getting mobile devices for themselves, likewise never consider the consequences of giving mobile devices to their children.  They, knowing what is good for them, give mobile devices to their children, who do not know what is good for them.  These Christian parents had the chance to escape this mass addiction, their children do not.

You might as well give your child a stone, or a serpent, or a scorpion.

For that matter, you might as well give your child a carton of cigarettes, or a bottle of liquor, or a subscription to Hustler.

On Christmas–and every other day of the year–your lord and savior is not Jesus Christ, but your smartphone.  Your god is Digital-Age technology.

You give up your freedom of speech for your guns, you give up your freedom of religion for your guns.

But you would give up your guns for your mobile device.

You would give everything you have for your mobile device.

Why, you might even give your soul for your mobile device.

You say I’m wrong?

Then prove me wrong.

1 Response to “PROVE ME WRONG”


  1. 1 solosocial December 28, 2015 at 5:05 am

    On the night I wrote this (actually the night of December 25), I encountered two situations that epitomized this mobile device madness:

    Driving away from my house, I saw a teenager looking at a smartphone while riding a bicycle. I barely saw him at all, because his bicycle had no lights. This teenager had most likely been given this smartphone for Christmas. But not only had his parents failed to consider the consequences of his having a smartphone in the first place, they had also failed to tell him not to use it while riding his bicycle–especially in the dark.

    I had to tell this teenager what his parents should have told him–I had to warn him of the danger of what he was doing. I rolled down my windows, and said to him, “You need to hang that thing up–I almost hit you! You need to hang that thing up, and watch where you’re going.”

    Then at Starbucks I saw a husband and wife sitting at a table outside the shop, with their little girl. The husband said nothing to his wife or daughter–he was looking at a smartphone. The wife said nothing to her husband or daughter–she was looking at a smartphone. And the little girl was just looking around–as if pleading for someone to pay her any attention, as if pleading for someone to love her.

    I wanted so much to say to this couple, “What the hell are you doing? Neither one of you is talking with the other–each one of you is glued to a smartphone! And worst of all, neither of you is talking with your little girl–neither of you is even acknowledging her existence! Put those goddamned things away, and communicate with each other!”

    And the only reason I didn’t say anything to this husband and wife was that I didn’t want to upset their little girl.

    And these two incidences are typical–I see this mindless usage of mobile devices every day, wherever I go.

    I cannot be the only American who sees what this mass addiction to mobile devices is doing to our country. And I cannot be the only human being who sees what this mass addiction to mobile devices is doing to our world.


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