On Steve Jobs
Last week when news of Steve Job’s death came across my Twitter feed, I couldn’t help but to feel deeply sad. It is always a sad time when someone dies, especially from the deadly pancreatic cancer Jobs was fighting. I guess it was a blessing that he battled nearly seven years with that killer, and it is a testament to Steve and his doctors that he lasted that long.
At his core, Jobs was a businessman and technological thinker, envisioning the future of communication and media consumption in ways that most people marveled at. I was one of those. From the iPhone to the iMac to the iPad, Steve’s fingerprints on the future of how we communicate with one another will be felt for generations.
Steve Paul Jobs was baptized in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, though in his adult life as he dabbled with Buddhism, we are not sure about his faith in Christ. None of us will know if on his death bed there was a sliver of faith in heart, only God. Buddhist ideals did envelope Steve – his vegetarianism lifestyle has been linked to Jobs’ Buddhist spiritualism. But if not eating meat or animal products were a testament to his faith, then I would be in trouble because I, too, do not eat any meat or dairy products and subsist on a plant-based, whole foods diet.
Though I hope that people would understand that my faith in Christ is as strong as ever even though I do not eat a ham sandwich with mayo.
I would have rather remembered Steve Jobs for what it means to be a Christian and a Lutheran, but we will remember Steve as the CEO who saved Apple and created the i-lineup of products that made him and his company very, very rich. We pray for his family and friends who are mourning his passing. For it is never a good day when a man who changed the world for the better leaves it.
This morning a veil was torn from the iconic figure named Steve Paul Jobs — on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, they report on Jobs’ biological father who had virtually no contact with Steve throughout his life. Obviously, I am not here to criticize either man on why the lacked a basic relationship.
However, my pastoral heart breaks for both of them. They learned of each other’s existence and yet they never were able to have any kind of relationship, even as Steve was on his death bed. Sad.
For those people, like me, who have come to admire the businessman Steve Jobs, I hope Apple continues to flourish. Their products, while costly, are elegantly designed and just work. I will miss that genius-part of who Steve Jobs was and pray that his family seeks out the Lord for comfort.