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15 May 2010

does jesus have a eula?

The EULA... For some, the End User License Agreement included in almost all legal software installations is just a bunch of meaningless hoo-hah, but others are diligent to actually read it before installing a new program. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, a few dialog boxes after you start to install a new piece of software, you'll see some text that begins something like this:

END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR [INSERT PRODUCT NAME] IMPORTANT PLEASE READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE CONTINUING WITH THIS PROGRAM INSTALL: [INSERT COMPANY NAME's ] End-User License Agreement ("EULA") is a legal agreement between you (either an individual or a single entity) and [INSERT COMPANY NAME]. for the [INSERT COMPANY NAME] software product(s) identified above...


Even those who are determined to adhere to all software piracy laws rarely read all that text. So when time comes to install the same program on a laptop or a new computer, that person will have to 1) make an "educated" guess about whether or not it's legal to install it a second time (some software will be locked from doing this), 2) re-read the EULA to see if they're allowed to do so, or 3) totally not give it a second thought and install the software.

I fall into the second category. I rarely read the EULA before installing a program.
This can actually be dangerous, because I really have no idea about the intricacies of the agreement to which I'm committing.
This means I could be hit with a toolbar installed in Internet Explorer, a third party tracking my keystrokes, etc. (though this sort of thing typically only happens with less than aboveboard software).

Parallel time: do you think that before a person takes the big step to follow Christ, he or she should be made more aware of the EULA -- some of the specific things that are actually being committed to? I don't think that believers are diligent in making most of the EULA known to new converts. Now, if we tried to teach every single spiritual truth or insight to every person before they make this decision, they probably wouldn't get it (the Holy Spirit reveals things in time, and without that I believe we're dealing with a 1 Corinthians 1:18 thing), or we'd mess it up by interjecting our own understanding, or we'd simply never get done.

From all evidence in Scripture, our relationship with Christ is more about the journey (in this life, anyway) than it is about the destination (I'm speaking of our daily goals, things we want to accomplish, etc. rather than heaven). It's during the process of life that God refines us, teaches us, and draws us to Himself. (See Romans 8:28)

But don't you think it would be good to let people know that they're committing everything about themselves to this new life? That they must intentionally lose their identity in order to find it in Christ? "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" (2 Corinthians 517, NLT)

If we look at the way we usually present this commitment, we make people think that it's pretty easy to follow Christ. Honestly, it often isn't. I can't help thinking that this is why so many believers struggle to even take baby steps and wind up staying in the spiritual nursery for most of their lives. If we're actually witnesses -- people who tell others what they've seen, heard, and experienced ourselves -- I believe that the hardships of life will be a natural part of what we'll tell. The problem is, not enough of us are living, vocal witnesses, and when we are we tend to avoid things that might sound messy. The great thing is that each hardship has the result of bringing us closer to our Creator.

6 comments:

John King said...

The User Agreement in some situations is alot more scarey than you think. Before anyone takes a Big or small step to follow Christ. Something has to wake them up or "Spark" them. We mistakening think just because our parents took us to church as kids,
an we continued to go to church as a adult. That we dont need now to Read the Users agreement. not to sound rude. But I say thats a cop out. Meaning, a adult who doesn't want to dig deep into the word. There not walking in the light. What were we all taught through Sunday school for 45 mins to an hour once a week. For some kids, they got crayons an a quick story. For others that had Leaders who Taught the Word. They got that "Spark" An those adults cont to dig deep daily due to there is so much to learn. How many Christians, would be willingly to give up everything they owned. An go with Jesus if he were here today? As the Rich man on the Tall horse did when Jesus asked him to come an follow, but give your possessions to the village. The man rode away. He was living in darkness. An Jesus knew this an used this man as an example to the wittnesses. So, how far someone is willing to commit themselves to Jesus. Jesus already knows. he knew our fate before we were born. So we as Christians. must "Spark" those who our lost an unsaved an imature in the spirtitually. But most importantly. We as Belivers, must realize we don't have all the knowledge. We must not judge. Were here to walk together. As Dean Said where an when we dont know. But its how we walk together. do we yell at each other if someone falls short. no we pick them up we lift them up as Jesus expects us to. Grace, is the most important step in my opinion to being on the path. An if a snake is on the path. Jesus or your Brother or Sister will Protect you at all times. While walking with Jesus. Your surrounded by Angels.

Dean Lusk said...

@John, you said, "We mistakening think just because our parents took us to church as kids,
an we continued to go to church as a adult. That we dont need now to Read the Users agreement. not to sound rude. But I say thats a cop out."


My thoughts exactly! I'm afraid that believers are under the impression that following Christ is a pretty easy thing that requires only that we say a short prayer (repeated after someone else), and from that point on just consider ourselves good to go.

The "Spark" you're talking about -- like you said, God uses His people to accomplish His purpose, and many times that means He will use us to help people along; to point them toward Christ. To tell them what their commitment really means.

Preston N said...

Luke 14: 28- 28"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29"Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' 31"Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32"Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33"So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

I once saw a picture of a group of Christians in the Roman Colosseum whereby a Lion was getting ready to devour them and the subtitle for the picture said:

"God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life".

http://holidaylonging.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/failed_gospel_tract1.jpg


For me this picture had such biting irony, as this is the mantra of the modern day church. God has a "Purpose" for you and it is a fun filled and wonderful "Purpose". In reality being a Christ follower will cost you everything you have and even family, friends and yes people will even hate you, and may even cost you your life. We in America have never be required to lay down our lives for God, but that soon may all change. If this ever happens in my life time, many people will had wished they had read the EULA.

Christy said...

Interesting post, especially considering that I'm currently reading (almost finished) C.S. Lewis' "Surprised by Joy". Nearing the end (or beginning I should say)of his realization that God is real and wants to know him, Lewis said that once he took off his armor (what he describes as his way of keeping God at arms length), it was demanded of him not "all or nothing", rather "ALL". Let me encourage you to read this book if you haven't already. It will most likely be the topic of my next blog post.

John King said...

Hi, I had a Major "Spark" for me.
In my post I had mentioned how when were down we should lift each other back up. while praying a week ago. I was very upset due to I could not see any Justice. When one hurts another. It has always bothered me. After hours of praying. A river of tears asking for justice, an why can't it be seen. After crying out. While just still sitting with Jesus. He finally spoke to my heart in a way I could hear it Loud an Clear. He said, john its not up to you to determine or look for justice. Speak up. But always know. I'm aware of All Things. Since that nite. I've been at total peace. If someone reads this. An if your hurting. Trust me. As bad as I was hurting. An almost giving up. God answered my prayer. He will for you. Listen to your heart. Just wanted to share this...

Dean Lusk said...

All these are amazingly... ah... amazing comments. Particularly think the C.S. Lewis quote was very accurate; not "all or nothing," but "all."

Totally on the same page with Preston, and John, glad you shared your prayer and the answer!

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