Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and the mind behind some of the world’s most innovative electronics products and systems, passed away yesterday at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Christian leaders remembered and expressed their gratitude to Jobs on Twitter, reminding us of our mortality and simply paying respect to the influential, creative leader. Saddleback church pastor Rick Warren tweeted that Jobs was “the Thomas Edison of his generation.” Louie Giglio posted, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. Steve Jobs.” The Willow Creek Association posted, “Thankful for Steve Jobs’ innovations: what he created that has helped churches share the most important msg on earth.” Mosaic pastor Erwin McManus simply tweeted, “Steve Jobs we will miss you.” And Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll asked users to pray for the family and “that any Christians who know them will be a loving support.” Author and pastor Brad Powell agreed: “Praying for the family of Steve Jobs. Businesses can find new leaders. Loved ones are irreplaceable!”
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Dr. R. Albert Mohler paid tribute to Jobs on his blog, but kept it in perspective: “Christians considering the life and death of Steve Jobs will do well to remember once again the power of an individual life. God has invested massive creative abilities in his human creatures…Steve Jobs devoted his life to a technological dream that he thought would empower humanity…but unerring taste, aesthetic achievement, and technological genius will not save the world…We have to measure life by its eternal impact, even as we are thankful for every individual who makes this world a better place. But, don’t expect eternal impact to be the main concern of the business pages.”
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