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This is my first post as a mac user. This morning I made the switch from a pc to a mac and the pastor-teacher in me couldnt help but notice the perfect illustration this experience is for helping me understand my identity as a Christian….I know…just stay with me. Since this is being written from a mac it will probably be cool and insightful.

Switching from a pc over to a mac is a totally different experience than upgrading hardware and operating systems from one pc to another. Im not just upgrading the same basic system, but completely discarding my former computer life and replacing it with an entirely different computer experience. Now, some of the tasks I will do from the mac will produce a similar product as those tasks did from my pc (emails, blogposts, etc) however the internal processes and functions that produce those results will be different. And you know what, some stuff that came with PC life is gone forever for me (microsoft publisher).

Im hoping you are beginning to see an analogy developing. That is, sometimes we tend to think of doing spiritual things like going to church, tithing, being in a small group, & praying before dinner as a part of the Christian upgrade to our PC lives. That is, if our lives are feeling empty or just like they are missing something, we go browsing for some upgrades that will enhance our current lives. That usually works for a while, until we feel like we need our next upgrade. And we end up going from upgrade to upgrade without ever really evaluating the core problem in our life. This is the nature of much religion. It piles on to-do lists or spiritual experiences without dealing with the core problem that is causing the desire for change.

Ok, so the analogy isnt perfect, but it gets better. Christianity tells you to stop trying to upgrade your life because those upgrades are never going to satisfy you since you are a dysfunctional PC. You need a  whole new machine with a whole new operating system. That is, you need a complete transformation into something entirely different, down to your core, than you currently have. That is the message of the gospel. That you must die to your current way of life where you are in charge and be “reborn” as a new creation. That transformation comes by making a clear decision to follow Christ and allow every aspect of your life to be guided by his leadership…or operating system.

Yeah yeah its not a perfect analogy, but it will preach. Here is what you need to take away from this: 1) the gospel is not a renovation of your existing life, but the ending of one life and the creation of a new one. 2) Spence likes mac life!

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  1. David Thompson
    November 21, 2008 at 1:08 am

    What does that say about the guy who gave his mac to you and switched back to a PC?
    And why did he not get a shout out in this blog?

  2. November 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Analogy, shamalogy, blah blah blah…I’m just glad you’ve finally made the leap. I likey the new Mac across the hall. We should get them together for a play date.

  3. November 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm
  4. November 22, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    That a Boy!!! who switched back?!

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