As you have probably already read, Apple won their court battle against Samsung Electronics. Samsung was ordered to pay Apple over 1 billion dollars. After all the media reports and tech articles, I don’t blame anyone if they got lost in the shuffle. The jury even had over 20 pages to work through because the case was so complicated.
So, what did Apple win? They won the fight against copying. Apple claimed that instead of innovating after the iPhone was introduced in 2007, Samsung intentionally chose to copy their formula and design. The jury said it was an easy case and that Samsung got what they deserved–a bill for 1 billion dollars.
After the ruling, I had a conversation with one of my best friends and we got to thinking about this in a youth ministry context. What if a church sued another church for copying their ministry model, mission statement, and staffing structure? While I don’t think that would ever happen, it is a interesting idea. Stay with me here…
What if God is ordering us to pay the bill? What if God is holding back blessing because we choose to copy instead of engage in Holy Spirit driven innovation?
Here’s the issue I see:
As Spirit-filled Christians, we should be the most creative people in the world. We have God living in us. Not figuratively speaking, but God the Holy Spirit really takes up residence in our body. He empowers, gives creativity, and shows us that innovation is limitless. But, here’s the problem: We don’t live like it. We don’t even lead our churches like we believe that essential truth. We copy. We steal. We immitate. We’re Samsung
Personally, I’m glad that Apple won their biggest lawsuit to date. You might think that is because I’m an Apple fan nerd, but it’s not. The reason I’m happy is because Apple’s victory will FORCE innovation. Armed with this victory, other cell phone companies will not be able to copy interface elements, cell phone designs, and the other things that make an iPhone an iPhone without facing the wrath of Apple’s lawyers.