Film Friday: Steve Jobs

This story of the Apple co-founder and visionary is told through the back stage conversations and arguments in the build up to three major Apple presentations.

A moment from the film:
Steve Jobs, to colleague Andy Hertzfeld, who has failed to fix an Apple computer glitch, ‘You had three weeks, the universe was created in a third of that time.’

Hertzfeld’s reply, ‘Well some day you’ll have to tell us how you did it.’

I regularly have moments when I try to play God in my life, perhaps we all do, it’s a kind of human instinct. We feel we should be able to control things. Everything perhaps, on some days. Too often the world, and our world, will not fall into line. In the film Bruce Almighty, Bruce gets to play God for a while, and it turns out to be no stroll in the park.

Another moment:
Apple CEO John Sculley to Steve Jobs, before a major launch presentation, ‘No one sees the world the way you do.’

Steve Jobs had a vision, various visions, and a lot of accompanying conflict. According to this film there was much arguing to be done. Much bantering, haggling and conflicting to get his demands met. Sometimes he was right, at other times… to be honest, Steve Jobs, as portrayed in this film, is not an easy man to like.
Jesus was a man of vision who experienced conflict on a daily basis, for different reasons. And most of the ordinary folk loved him. He was a man of the people, for the people. He wasn’t stamping about attempting to force his demands on others in order to build up a business empire. He simply saw the world one way, whilst others had their own ideas and agendas. He often saw beyond the public front of those he met to the private realities. In the four gospels he meets people and constantly unmasks them. Rich and poor, powerful and weak, the oppressors and those being oppressed. But he never wields the power in a manipulative way, rather he is always on a quest to set people free. He sees through the tricks of his enemies and has a vision for the potential of those he befriends. He upends the goals of the powerful and lifts up the roles of the weak and humble. And like I say, the ordinary people loved him for it.

We may do our best to steer Jesus in the way we want him to go; we, like the Romans, his family, and disciples, may bring our agendas and world-views, but in the end he has a totally different perspective. No one sees the world like Jesus. ‘I have the power to kill you or set you free,’ Pontius Pilate claims. ‘Stop this ministry of yours and come home,’ Jesus’s family demands. ‘Get rid of those people over there, we don’t like them,’ order James and John. ‘You won’t be crucified, we’ll protect you,’ promises Peter. ‘Sort out all my problems. Oh and can you make me rich, famous and happy along the way?’ says Dave Hopwood.

Philip Yancey once wrote, There is a God, and we are not it. At times this may confound, frustrate and infuriate, but at other times this will be the truth that sets us free. Paul writes about us having the mind of Christ. If only, we might say. But it’s a worthwhile prayer, that we may see a little of the world, or perhaps a little of our own worlds, the way he does. Through his eyes. And discover some of his perception, vision, hope and compassion.

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