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Andrew Spann '07

Year: 2007
Residence: Random Hall
Major: 10 & 18
I grew up in a home with Christian parents and went to church on Sunday, although this did not make me a Christian. I knew that being a Christian was centered around what Jesus did for me and not about any “religious stuff” that I did. I knew that sin, being a Boolean condition which for all of humankind has a single value, was separating me from God, and there was no way that I could change that by myself. So when I was 7 or 8, I prayed confessing that I was a sinner and that I had faith that God sent Jesus to live a perfect life, which no man could do, die in my place, and rise again so that this problem of sin could have a solution. I accepted God’s generous offer, through Jesus, to bridge the gap that sin creates between God and man. What God did for me was so wonderful that I would live to glorify God and be driven by what God would have me do and not by selfishness.

After becoming a Christian, I got to experience the joy that getting to know God brings. I began reading the Bible and found that rather than being just a collection of stories, a lot of it included really interesting books such as Romans which explain why the events in the Bible have significance. I still wasn’t perfect. In high school I became increasingly distanced from my church youth group. I did not lose faith in God, but I definitely had doubts in my friends. I began thinking that church was a place where “obvious” truths were preached on issues that did not really affect me while questions on more relevant issues like video game violence/addiction and computer media piracy went largely unanswered. I had interests in math competitions and computer hardware, not in television or music or the Arkansas Razorbacks. Of course, I myself was noticeably unhelpful to my community during this time.

Since coming to MIT, I have discovered that having great Christian friends and taking part in building community are of much value. I attend Christian events not out of obligation, but because meeting with other Christians is exciting. I look forward to the Tuesday night meetings when we at Campus Crusade for Christ get together to talk to each other and to learn about God. It is especially exciting when someone comes to our meeting for the first time, and I get to meet new people.

Christianity isn’t merely some form of “fire insurance”; it is about getting to know God and the great things He has done. A lot of the stuff that my parents had encouraged me to do as a kid such as sports or playing a musical instrument I wound up eagerly punting and abandoning as I grew older, but I am still a Christian and it is the most important thing in my life. I seek to serve God not out of reluctant realization of the hopeless state that mankind is in without Jesus, but rather I walk with God in complete joy.