I bought a kindle book yesterday and decided I wanted to read it on my computer. So I clicked the kindle app and I got a true and useless message.
this version of the kindle application has expired and can no longer be used. Please update to a newer version.
Marvelous. Clearly I have a problem. What do I do about that? Update. Ok. How do I do that?
OK Ok. I’m a computer literate guy and found the Kindle Download page almost as fast as my browser would load. But what if I couldn’t find it on my own? What if I were like some of the people my friend in IT helps out?
That message is true. But it’s a fail nonetheless. As one frustrated user put it:”First, they pop up a warning that the program is about to expire. No mention of when that will happen; no advice about how to deal with it; no link for downloading a new version. Then, after it has actually expired, they pop another equally unhelpful message, and the program refuses to load.”
In other words the problem is that I know there’s a problem, but I don’t know where to go to solve it.
I think about this when I’m driving down the highway and I see a sign that simply says, “Jesus saves”. That’s nice. But it’s not very helpful. Perhaps it used to be in a culture that at least in theory knew something about the Bible. But right now it communicates little more than some guy named Jesus knows how to preserve his Word Document by hitting save. <Insert bad pun about Jesus preserving his Word here.>
Updating my Kindle for PC software today made me think about what it means to share the gospel well. I have to do more than tell people they have a problem. Jesus saves. But from what? Why? How? And assuming I communicate the from what, the why, and the how, did I also manage to tell them how to accept what Jesus so freely offers?
It’s true enough that the Bad News about sin and judgment that makes the Good News of Jesus so powerful. But we can’t fail to communicate the good news clearly.
At least now I can read my kindle book.