Apple's Most Recent Update Deleted Easter

In yet another instance of what will likely be officially deemed as an inadvertent error, Apple deleted the Easter holiday from its popular calendar application known as “iCal.” On April 1, 2018 billions of Christians around the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the most important holiday in the Christian religion; Easter. However, in a recent update, the holiday was mysteriously absent from many Apple users’ iCal calendars. Easter Sunday shows up on calendars for iPhone users running older versions 11.2.2 of Apple's iOS operating system, but not some users of 11.2.5, which is the latest version of the operating system. Oddly, other holidays on the U.S. calendar appear, such as Juneteenth (a holiday celebrating the abolition of slavery in Texas), Flag Day and Indigenous People's Day. Interestingly, the Apple calendar defaults to US holidays and while there is an option to make it show alternate calendars, like Hebrew and Islamic holidays; however, as of the newest iOS version, there does not appear to be a Christian calendar version. This is more than a bit unsettling as according to Pew Research, there were 2.3 billion Christians around the world as of 2015, making Christianity the world's largest religion. One would assume that Apple – or any other major corporation – would seek to at least accommodate the world’s largest religion.

No Official Statement Released

Apple has not released an official statement on this issue, but the missing holiday was initially reported on an Apple discussion board. This latest oversight by Apple should not entirely surprising as the company has a history supporting agendas that run afoul of much of the mindset of mainstream Christianity. For instance, last year Apple donated one million dollars to the far-left organization the Southern Poverty Law Center who has repeatedly categorized Christian, conservative, and pro-family groups on its “hate map” typically for merely holding to biblical views on marriage. Many may recall that it was the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map” that was cited as inspiration by Floyd Lee Corkins II after he tried to enter the office of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., in 2012 with the intent of killing as many employees as possible. Additionally indicative of Appel’s disdain for Christianity, they removed their popular music service known as “iTunes” from the small online shopping portal called, otherwise known as the Christian Value Network after 22,000 signatures were gathered on a petition that labeled the shopping portal as an  “active hate group” that regularly engages in “anti-gay, anti-women” activities. Apparently, for Apple biblical Christianity is a hateful activity.

Relevant Bible Passages

Thus, Apple’s support of the anti-Christian left is obvious and their lack of consideration toward Christianity should not surprise us since the Bible clearly teaches that there will be apostasy during the end times that will be widespread. This departure from Christianity will be so significant that 2 Thessalonians 2:3 refers to it as the “great apostasy” (NKJV). Interestingly the NASB refers to this time as “apostasy” while the NIV and ESV use the term “rebellion.” This differentiation is accurate as an apostasy is a rebellion. Apostasy is a willful “falling away” or an abandonment of the truth. The end times will include a wholesale rejection of God’s revelation, as an already fallen world continues in “falling [further] away.” This is doubtlessly what we can see with Apple’s programmers removing the most holy day for the billions of Christian faithful from its calendar application. Sadly, as the end times draw closer this type of apostasy will only increase.

PRAY: Pray that Apple would be more intentionally aware of the importance of Christian holidays to its users. Pray for God to make Himself known to the humans at Apple who were responsible for the omission of Easter from its calendars.