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Intro:  The reflection below is from Rev. Paul McCain’s excellent blog Cyberbrethren.  It is a solid reflection on the Biblical and Lutheran doctrine of vocation. In the news we found out that Mr. Jobs was a Buddhist.  I learned from this reflection that Mr. Jobs was catechized  a Lutheran. And as a pastor a question which is often posed:   What about those folks who fell away from the faith and died?  Answer: The Lord in His grace is working even at the “11th hour” inviting us (see Matthew 20:8-10), or as Pr. McCain more eloquently states below:

Steve Jobs was a man given many great gifts by God, in His infinite wisdom. Lutherans who have a clear doctrine of vocation understand how God works through what we call “First Article” gifts. What does that mean? Martin Luther in his explanation of the First Article of the Apostles’ Creed, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth” asserts that God has given, each of us, all our abilities and talents, everything we are, and everything we have is a gift from God. This is true of every human being. Steve Jobs was gifted with many of these “First Article” blessings. And it is through the gifts that God gives to all men, that He blesses the world with tools and technologies that help us. Steve Jobs was a person God chose to use to give us many of us these wonderful tools, tools now being used to communicate the Gospel of Christ worldwide in ways that we could hardly have even dreamed of just thirty or even twenty years ago. How we use those tools is the key.

Unlike some of my fellow Lutherans and Christians, who felt a need at Jobs’ passing to begin making pronouncements about his eternal destiny, I am not rushing to judgment. I can’t help but recall the saying once by Abraham Lincoln, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open your mouth and remove all doubt.” Can we learn from Steve Jobs’ errors and mistakes in life? Of course. Every bit as much as we must learn from our own. But must we, on the news of his passing, rush to condemn him and focus only on his faults and failings? No.

Steve Jobs was baptized and instructed in the Christian faith, so we can do a bit more than talk about “common grace,” we can also hope that God, in His own ways, at times and places of His choosing, may have worked in Steve’s life, at the last, a remembrance of the gifts from Christ He had received in His life. Unless you have been with a person in their last days, you have no idea what goes on in a person’s heart and mind in the closing days and moments of life. Let us pray God brought back to Steve the remembrance of what he had been taught as a young man in a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod confirmation class by my friend Rev. Dr. Martin Taddey, now deceased.

Let’s leave the judgement to God, and leave the judgmentalism to those who lack hope.

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