Walking the Talk

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

                          Matthew 5:14-16

                          

 

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.  Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.  But if anyone obeys his word, love for God truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:  Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

                           1 John 2:3-6

 

I have started to follow a Christian satire sight on Facebook by the name of the The Babylon Bee. It’s similar to The Onion, and just as clever. Its satirical articles are maybe 150-200 words at best. Some examples of the headlines include “Church Seniors Involved in Low Speed Race to Golden Corral”, “Church Tech Team Introduces Helpful Bouncing Sing-Along Ball”, “Satan Promises to Match All Donations for Jesse Duplantis’s New Private Jet”, and “Bill Clinton: ‘I thought #MeToo Was a Pokemon’”. The writing is ingenious and witty, and frankly some of the most creative writing I’ve ever read. (On a serious note, though, their Good Friday article entitled “Report: It Is Finished” moved me to tears and demonstrated their beliefs in our Lord Jesus Christ). The articles are clever, and the Facebook comments are themselves treasures.

 

Sometimes the content hits so close to how the world perceives Christians that people jokingly comment that they can’t find the satire in it. One such example is a little blurb I read a couple of hours ago entitled “During After-Church Lunch at Applebee’s, Local Christian Scolds Waiter for Working on Sunday.” It jokingly included such comments as the woman telling the waiter, “Why are you not at church? Don’t you know today is the Lord’s Day?” the woman said, raising a judgmental eyebrow. “Also, bring me another salad. This one’s all wilted and not fresh at all. Honestly, who runs this place?”. She further wonders aloud (after sending back her entrée a third time) why restaurants are open on Sunday in the first place, blaming the phenomenon on “our godless culture”, and later grumbles, “This place we’re eating at should be closed to honor the Lord.” The satire piece ends with “Sources also claim [the lady] left a dollar tip, later revealed to be a gospel tract rather than actual, legal tender.”

Ooof! There were so many people who commented that they had seen this type of thing happen, or worse, had experienced it as servers themselves. Several people commented that they dreaded working Sundays and Wednesdays, due to the overbearing rudeness of customers who were obvious churchgoers. Someone shared a link to a website that was created by Preaching Christ Church entitled “Sundays are the Worse”, in an effort to let those in the service industry could share their experiences anonymously, and the church would post an apology to that server. The site was created as a ministry to let servers know that not all Christians were like those they have served who have treated them rudely. The creators hoped that the “church crowd will read the thoughts and experiences from the serving community, and that it would cause them to rethink their actions and attitudes on Sundays….It bothers us, angers us, and saddens us when we read these stories of how some Christians have judged, belittled, and mistreated the serving community.”

 

I am thankful that this church identified a ministry opportunity and provided for its needs. I am saddened, however, at the fact that there was even a ministry opportunity at all.

 

Now please don’t think that I am sharing this with you because I think any of you would act in such a way that would get you featured in an anonymous server’s story, or poked fun at by a tongue-in-cheek website, because I don’t. Not one person at our church comes to mind. No, I share this story because it is absolutely imperative that we strive to reflect Christ in all that we do, and that we ask the Holy Spirit to help guide our thoughts, words, and deeds. Most of us will struggle with this at times (even Paul did and shared as much in Romans 7), but it is what He calls us to do.

 

Prayer Requests

  • For global politics, the Summit meeting between the United States and North Korea, and world leaders
  • For the stigma of depression and mental illness to be removed so that those who need help can get it
  • For graduates of all grades and studies
  • For safe travels for Pastor Ray while he is on TDY

Let us show others in the world the love and hope that we have in us that come from above. “Lord, help us to be like You in all things, and may we glorify You in the process.”

Quotes

“We must allow the Word of God to correct us the same way we allow it to encourage us.”

 

“Spiritual maturity isn’t measured by how high you jump in praise but how straight you walk in obedience.”