How many apps do you have cluttering up your phone or tablet? 10? 50? 150?? Take a minute or two, and count them. I’ll wait.
(insert hold music here)
Okay, are you done? On my phone I have around 60, but half were already there when I bought it. There’s probably another 20 on my ipod.
Wikipedia, the Answerer of all Questions, says that we only really started to download apps in 2008. That’s just six years of Candy Crush, Angry Birds and Facebook for your iphone. But in those six years, people have downloaded at least 130 BILLION apps.1,2 That’s a LOT of apps in a very short time. The Bible doesn’t say anything about apps, but it DOES say a lot about how we use our time. Ephesians 5:15-17 says:
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
But how can we understand the Lord’s will? The Bible is a great place to start. Let’s turn to Micah 6:8:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to look around and see what apps are out there that can help us live this out. Everyone should always take time away from their phone or computer and spend time with God, friends and family. But apps don’t have to be just a time waster. We can make the most of the opportunity they give us to connect with others, learn about, and impact the world around us.
This week, I’m starting with the Lord’s requirements from Micah 6:8. Our Lord wants us to act justly. So here are some apps that might be able to help us with that.
1. Made in a Free World App
First, you should head to the website: www.slaveryfootprint.org
There, you can find out how many slaves work for YOU. Yes, you. If you didn’t realize that you had slaves working for you, this website is a great way to learn more about it. Once you’ve done that, the Slavery Footprint is a great app to keep on top of things while you’re in stores:
With the Made in a Free World app, you can check in at stores, asking brands about slavery in their supply chain as you shop. Please use it to encourage brands to look into where their raw materials are coming from. Then share your check-ins so your friends will also help. Earn Free World points when you get the app and use it to counteract your slavery footprint.
2. Unicef Tap Project
Which is more important: clean water, or your cell phone? For those who said “cell phone!” I dare you to only drink out of your toilet bowl or gutters for the rest of the week JK, that could make you pretty sick
The Unicef Tap app is a great reminder of those less fortunate than ourselves. Take the challenge to see how long you can leave your phone alone. When you’re done, take a minute to donate $5 to the Unicef Tap Project, or The Salvation Army Gifts of Hope and support their work to bring clean water to people in desperate need.
3. Get Water Game ($0.99)
This one isn’t free, but is still a fun game that reminds us that not everyone has what they need.
With Get Water!, we bring to you the story of Maya, a girl who loves going to school, but keeps on getting sent out to collect water instead. We want to get the message out that water scarcity is a big deal, and is one of the main reasons kids miss out on school!
4. ILO InfoStories
(You must be at least 17 years old to download this app from the App Store)
This app gives you some information and history on labour laws, including forced labour and child labour. It’s very interactive, and shows pictures, videos and stats in a way that’s easy to read
5. The World Bank Poverty App
There are a couple of apps produced by the World Bank to display current and accurate data on poverty and inequality in developing countries. They look like a great resource for school research projects. You can check them out HERE:
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