Posted by Ray Majoran
Did the title catch you off guard?
For those of you who have been waiting for my post on Apple vs. PC: Round 3, it’s time for me to let the cat out of the bag. I admit, I do slightly prefer Windows over Apple, but not as much as I’ve led you to believe. In fact, I do think that in many ways, Apple is a better operating system than Windows and at some point in the future, our company may consider moving back to the Apple platform.
My ultimate interest in writing those posts was to see how many people would come to the passionate defense of their favorite brand – Apple. Call it an experiment if you will. At the end of the day, a computer is a computer, but for some reason, the second I challenged the Apple brand, there were a number of people (both on the blog and through my personal email account) that became passionately engaged in proclaiming its name and coming to its defense. I see this every day – people swear by Apple, almost (figuratively speaking) willing to lay down their life to defend its integrity as the “be-all and end-all of super-brands”. It’s in their veins like it’s become a part of “who they are”.
Apple is merely one of many brands that I could have experimented with, but seeing as my friends know me as the guy that likes to challenge the Apple brand, I figured I’d use it as my test subject. I could have easily done the same thing and flipped the table on Windows or argued that “Any Brand X” is better than “Any Brand Y”. But I chose Apple because in my experience, I’ve never been able to get such a rise out of people than when I try and throw a little dirt on their Mac.
So my question is this: If we were half as passionate about Christ as we were about our favorite worldly brands (i.e. Apple, Windows, Blackberry, Starbucks, etc.), what would our world look like? If we were as charged up about proclaiming Christ and coming to His defense at every confrontation as we were about our worldly brands, what would be the outcome?
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17, ESV)
Are we living that verse out? I know for me, I need to call myself on that every single day. It is SO easy to get entangled in meaningless debates and worldly brands that we miss the point. We need to remember the big picture!
Another example I’ll use is a softball team that I coach. About three years ago, we decided to move our “church league team” into the beer league so that we could be a light and a witness to others (rather than just playing with Christians). I made it very clear to the team that our #1 goal was to be a light to the umpires and the players that we were to play against, followed by being competitive. In the second year of playing, although I stated our goals again, there was something inside of me that made me become ultra-competitive… call it my pride. My #2 goal had become my #1 goal without even realizing it. In the second month of the season, I completely tore my ACL, MCL and lateral meniscus sliding into second base. Sitting on the sidelines during the following week (coaching first base actually), I had a lengthy chat with one of the players form the other team. Following the conversation, I felt like God completely hit me over the head and said, “Ray, you had forgotten why you were here.” I had missed the point completely. Literally, I felt tears well up in my eyes because I immediately realized that my fundamental passion had somehow become about the game rather than about Christ.
The question that we need to be asking ourselves is: “Are my words, actions, resources and time management glorifying God?”
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few”… (Matthew 9:37, ESV)
I would challenge each and every one of us to carefully consider what we are laboring over. Let’s be a generation that is passionate about proclaiming the gospel of Christ, while remembering that the tools and resources in this world are merely that – tools and resources that will one day pass away. We only get one chance in this world – let’s make it count.