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Steve Jobs

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New film Steve Jobs film delivers a strong moral lesson that is both timely and deeply needed.

Steven Paul Jobs  was an American businessman. He was best known as the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc.; CEO and largest shareholder of Pixar Animation Studios; a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar; and founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT Inc. Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

That is the long and the short of his  life. The new film starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs brings viewers into a deeper discussion of the man. For the most part, the film is set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter.

The film smartly and acutely zeros in on the great moral struggles that each man and woman  faces throughout their lifetime.

Lesson 1- Be arrogant, you will get knocked down.

Daniel 5:20 But when he became arrogant and his spirit hardened, he was removed from his royal throne and his glory was taken away from him.

The ignorance and arrogance of youth opens the film. In scripture, we think of the ego and attitude that Adam showed to God when he realized he was naked.  It’s in that attitude of, ‘I know more than you so there.’ that we meet Steve Jobs at the start of the film. Steve is in  full on rudeness and abruptness  for  his first launch. The film 100%  delivers on Daniel’s scripture above. It’s so fast and brutal that you cringe at.   You are riveted to the screen as  the full judgment against him is levied.

Lesson 2 – Be good and loyal and call others to the same standard.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Steve Wozniak portrayed by  Seth Rogen is mindbogglingly loyal.  There is a repetitive plea from ‘Woz’, as he is affectionately nicknamed, during the film that will make your heart break. You see very visibly, from the early moments what love and loyalty can bring to a person who will hear it and receive it.  By the same token love and loyalty can also make you want to correct a friend.  The film delivers that message spot on! Usually films shy away from ‘moral correction’. Seth Rogen as Wozniak is the film’s moral corrector. He is the prophet Jeremiah in the film. In one scene,Wozniak is prophetic in Job’s shortcomings and the audience is left with a full sense of dread  for Steve.

Watch this stunning scene with Woz prophesying:

Lesson 3 Redemption and Salvation Comes in Truth and Integrity

Proverbs 28:18 – Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.

Steve was a flawed man. Much of it stemmed from his unresolved issues of adoption and the cloud of rejection he lived with. The movie opens up on his rejection of a child and woman for the sake  of being vindicated for an article. He delivers a vile pronouncement over the conception of the child to ‘Time’ magazine. Integrity  it appears was a struggle for him.  It is only when he faces his ever suffering business manger Joanna Hoffman, played by Kate Winslett, does he he rise to truth. Her forceful absolute need of justice and righteousness, forces Steve to make a move uncharacteristic of him.  Steve on the precipice of falling and destroying his last vestige of redemption is called to stand up with integrity.
I was amazed at the speed in which this movie moves along. You feel as if you are not sitting in a movie theater , but recalling someone’s video log.  This movie is the perfect movie to take in with your adult child. There is no sex. There is some rough language, but nothing to over the top. It is rated R and runs 122 minutes.
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