I know I’ve been horrible about updating this thing, so I thought I would put some random things up that don’t exactly make a whole post, but are interesting nonetheless.
For those of you who don’t know, our Wednesday night program is called Rush Hour. This past Wednesday we started our time in Lamentations and were working through the first chapter when we were greeted with quite the surprise. About 15 minutes into the message, I noticed a man walk into the back of the Youth Center. My first thought was that it was the father of one of the kids and they would just sit in back and listen. It certainly isn’t rare for this to happen. But then he started walking up front and I realize he wasn’t a parent.
This man was clearly a homeless person. He wasn’t in rags, but his clothes were well worn. Its also not uncommon for homeless people to come around looking for handouts. So this man comes up and takes a seat on the edge of the rows up front and the kids, one-by-one, begin to realize he is there. Now I’m trying to think of what to do. We had no other staff there, as a couple were at the Dodger game, and a couple more were out for various reasons, and the one who was there was actually playing the game with the Jr Highers. Thankfully, we had one of our college students there sitting near the back, but I didn’t want to have her have to handle this. I was also thinking that if the guy is going to just sit there, I can let him be and deal with him when I’m done.
But then he started waving his arms around and making gruffing noises when I mentioned prostitutes (I was preaching through Lamentations 1). I actually had to tone down what I was saying because I didn’t want to say something that would make this guy go nuts. I’m now thinking of how in the world I can alert someone to come deal with this without stopping the message and causing a scene. I’m thinking I’m not talented enough to text and preach at the same time, so that wasn’t a possibility. At this point, I’m just begging for someone to walk in that can take care of this.
Then the guy gets up and walks out the side door to the rest of the campus. I took a time out, turned to the college student, Meredith, and said, “Get Matt and get him to deal with this guy.” She pops into my office and he isn’t in there. So she has to deal with it herself. So as I’m still preaching, I’m keeping an eye on what is going on and see the guy make his way towards the back and on out the doors. Never a dull moment!
Warning About “Incognito”
This is a warning for parents out there about new browser options that allow a computer to not trace where you have been. They say that it is for public computer use when you are looking at personal information, but it is becoming known for surfing porn without leaving fingerprints. Here’s a link that talks about it. I advise parents to check it out and take the necessary steps to protect your children. It’s not enough to just check the history, but it is an absolute MUST in my mind to have your family computer in a public room with lots of traffic. DO NOT allow your child to have their computer in their room. Temptation abounds and it is a recipe for spiritual disaster.
Speaking of pornography, here is a helpful article by David Powlison about dealing with it from a biblical perspective.
The Pointlessness of Politics
I don’t know about the rest of you, but this is the season that I abhor politics. I have grown tired of both options and wish we had an option where we could tell them to disappear and find two better options. I feel used as a Republican leaning person and helf hostage over the issue of abortion. It seems that some politicians know that they can get your vote as long as they vote pro-life when the opportunity arises. I grow frustrated with a government that can’t spend responsibly and waste my hard earned money. It kills me that in order to pass the bail out bill, they had to attach billions of dollars of pork to serve their own interests. It frustrates me that no candidate can be truthful and approach his job with integrity. They both lie. They both twist the truth. They both present a picture that isn’t representative of reality. It frustrates me that good candidates are ‘unelectable’ because of perceived flaws and their penchant to tell it like it is. All of this, amongst other things, has pushed my heart to yearn the ruling of Christ.
No matter how much any candidate promotes hope, it will not be found in political reform. Jeremiah says in Lamentations 3:24, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Our only hope is found in God. Not in politicians, not in elections. So next time you feel frustrated, remind yourself of the day when Christ will rule on earth in righteousness.
Am I Now a Satisfied Boston Fan?
The Sox find themselves facing another 3-1 defecit, with game 5 tonight. Their pitching is in shambles, their hitters are confused. And I’m fine if they lose tonight. I realized this the other day. Normally, I would feel a sense of devestation and frustration, but now I know that, “Well, it wasn’t our year.” I’ve seen more wins in the last few years than at any time in my life. My two favorite teams have 3 championships in the last 4 years, and both are threatening to do it again. I never thought I would get to this point, but I’d be fine if they lost tonight, and I wouldn’t be very disappointed. Now I turn to the Celtics and Cowboys for two more teams making a championship push. I’m so spoiled now.
Just because I thought this was funny