I’m a PC.
I’ve always been a PC except for when I played Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? and Oregon Trail on the elementary school Macs.
For four years I worked as a computer consultant and learned everything I need to know about using a PC.
I’m a PC and even if that means I get viewed like this:
I’m all right with it.
At least I was. I’m not so sure anymore.
I’m at the point where I need to get a new notebook and I’m seriously considering getting a MacBook. In spite of my thorough knowledge of Windows and PCs, part of me is thinking about jumping ship and getting aboard the S.S. Macintosh. I already have an iPhone and I plan on getting an iPad at some point. Why not complete the trifecta and get a MacBook?
Because I don’t know if I want a MacBook as much as I want the status that goes along with a MacBook.
If I were to get a brand new Dell notebook with specs similar to that of a MacBook, no one would be impressed. No one would look at my new Dell with envy and want to be like me. They would simply look at the Dell and wonder why I’m not hip enough to get a MacBook.
They would ask themselves, “Man, why is that guy such a PC?”
So maybe instead of wanting a Mac I really just don’t want to be a PC anymore. All of the other cool youth pastors have their Macs and their plaid shirts and I’m still carrying around a Dell and wearing polos. Maybe buying a Mac is the first step towards becoming someone new who wears Toms, shops at Urban Outfitters and listens to Bon Iver.
But it could also be the first step away from who God created me to be.
Obviously God doesn’t care what kind of computer we use if it’s just a computer we use. We shouldn’t, however, identify ourselves by the labels associated with those computers. God created us to be somebody and that person can’t get lost behind the sheen of a Mac or the stigma of a PC. We need to find our identity in God, not in the computer we use.
So if I end up getting a Mac it doesn’t mean I’m hip. If I get a PC it doesn’t mean I’m a square. No matter what I get, I’ll still be as hip and square as I am today but, thankfully, I’ll still also be a child of God.
Are you a Mac or PC? Why and what does that mean for your identity?