Autocorrecting God

IMG_5330Ever notice something when you type out “god” on your iPhone? Go ahead and try typing it in a sentence if you haven’t recently.

While an iPhone will automatically capitalize most proper names and nouns, it won’t always autocorrect “god” to “God”.

Hey Apple – can we get a fix for this at the next WWDC?

Maybe your phone doesn’t do this. I’m sure some of you will tell me there’s something I can do in my settings so that I don’t have to go back and capitalize God every time I type it out (I may be under 30 but that doesn’t mean I know how to do 95% of the stuff on my phone).

Unfortunately just fixing my autocorrect settings won’t fix the real problem. The reality is that the failure of my phone to recognize God’s name is symbolic of a bigger issue in our culture.

As Christians we must stop assuming that the world sees God the same way that we do.

While I don’t subscribe to the belief that the world is worse off today than it was 50 years ago, I do think the way our culture views God has definitely changed over the past few decades.

I think 50 years ago it was just assumed most people had a passing understanding of the Bible and its basic principles and foundations (whether they actually believed what it said or not is another issue).

Today I’m not so sure that same level of basic Biblical literacy exists.

So as Christians when we type out blogs and tweets and send out messages to the world expecting people to automatically understand the words in the same way that we do, we may be making a mistake.

I think the reality is more and more people see our God as just another god.

Everyone doesn’t read our words the same way. Not everyone has the same faith. Not everyone sees our God as God.

We can’t just assume anymore that everyone even understands who God is.

We need to clarify who it is we’re talking about when we talk about God. What it is He stands for. What exactly He said. Who exactly He is.

Our phones aren’t going to do it for us. Neither is the rest of the world.

If we truly want to connect the message of God to those who do not believe in Him, we need to start doing a better job telling people who He really is instead of assuming they already know.

The world does not autocorrect “god” to “God” anymore. It’s up to us to make it a point to capitalize and emphasize God on our phones and in every conversation we have.

As the apostle Peter puts it, we must “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)

For more findings and frustrations from Apple products over the years check out these posts and be sure to subscribe to Pop God:

A Brief Lesson From Your Phone

Why The Apple Watch Might Not Be Terrible

The Gospel According To Autocorrect

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