Misdirection of the ‘Wow Factor’


The other day, I ran into a Windows networking tech helping a flustered Windows user at our nearby Panera Bread. I wowed him by showing my Windows programs running seamlessly on my Mac desktop. He was so impressed he told me that if he had not just bought a Windows laptop that the MacBook would be his computer.

Okay, so I’m a better computer evangelist than gospel evangelist. That much I’ve known for a long time. (The guy he was helping did visit church last Sunday. That was a plus.)

But this led me to solidify an observation I was forming in my mind. For me, the computer, and certain technologies associated with it, contain a definite ‘wow’ factor. I love the feeling of seeing something new work. I am moved with wonder by human ingenuity and creativity.

There is nothing wrong with that. To stand in front of the Mona Lisa or the Brooklyn Bridge and not breathlessly utter a ‘wow’ is to not be responding properly. But do I reserve the ‘wow’ response solely for technology and the like? Do I have the same deep sense of wonder for the things of God?

Should not my reflection on the Gospel constantly stir my heart and mind to utter a breathless ‘wow’? It should.

Am I more thrilled with the accomplishments of Steve Jobs than those of Jesus Christ? Sometimes I think I do have things mixed up, and I need to repent.

No doubt, we are to experience wonder. We are programmed to respond with a ‘wow’ to amazing things. We are created to respond with wonder. I just want to make sure my sense of wonder rests upon the right and proper and worthy things.

2 thoughts on “Misdirection of the ‘Wow Factor’

  1. Gus

    We are saying WAW as we listen to Mozart’s clarinet concerto, and have to say it also as we consider God’s goodness.g&a

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