People all across the nation lined up days before with high hopes of obtaining a brand new Playstation 3 video gaming system. A famous politician reportedly recruited homeless people to stand in line to get one (or two, or three) for his offspring. Two armed thugs tried to rob a line of people waiting for it to go on sale and shot one man who refused to give up his money.
Once the doors opened that Friday, people were trampled and injured from the crush of people racing to get one. One successful patron who waited for days survived the weather and the madness only to be beaten and robbed of his coveted PS3 once outside in the parking lot. What a disappointment!
Many of those lucky (and patient) enough to get one ended up selling the $600 video gaming system for upwards of $10,000 and more on eBay! That’s a hefty markup, wouldn’t you say?
Onlookers like myself are left scratching their heads wondering why people can’t just wait a few days (or weeks) for the supply to pick up. Doesn’t everyone know that after the dust settles that it’s just a video gaming system? How many video gaming systems do you have to purchase before you realize that the newness quickly wears off and the shiny video game system you couldn’t wait to get your hands on becomes another box dusty with neglect.
Or worse, kids across the nation will acually use them too much, furthering their intellectual and experiential neglect. I’m prone to waste time on video games myself so I know from first-hand experience how the hours fly by when you’re engaged in saving the universe or racing a little Italian guy across strange mushroom filled fantasy lands. Ever pull an all-nighter?
Okay, so what’s all this about? Why am I writing about a silly Playstation 3 video gaming system in my daily Bible blog?
Well, I got to thinking about how much people were pursuing this electronic “holy grail” that will soon be as old and passe as Pong and Dragon’s Lair of the 80s. Look how much sacrifice was made to get one. Look how much money was put down. Look what people were willing to do – all for what?
As Americans, we have no idea what it’s like to hold church in secret – fearing that at any moment the government could storm in and arrest, or even kill all of us. We have no idea what it means to have to hide a Bible in a flea-infested barracks so the guards wouldn’t take it away on some surprise inspection, like Corrie Ten Boom did. We can go to any bookstore or major department store and pick up a Bible in any number of sizes, translations and form factors.
Yet, like the PS3, the Bible sometimes tends to sit on the shelf collecting dust. Occasionally, guilt sets in and we reach for it and dive in for a few weeks (or days), then back to the shelf it goes.
What do you treasure? What’s the one thing you’d take with you if you knew someone was going to take you away from all your “stuff” for the rest of your life? Would it be a Bible? These are the things I’m thinking about today.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
– Hebrews 4:12 (NAS)