Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ducking Reality

I've tried to write the next part of our story 5 times now....5 deleted posts....struggling how to bring God the most glory in this all, so please bear with me.

In the mean time, I woke up this morning at 4...if the sun ain't up, then I shouldn't be either.  But, God likes to lay things on my heart when I'm half awake, so here we go ;)

This week, my facebook feed has blown up with images of scraggly bearded backwoodsmen (and according to my hubby, it's on all of the networks too).

American Christians have worked themselves into a full blown tizzy over the suspension of a man who spoke his mind on a hot button topic.  Now, I'm not saying it's right or wrong...I'm not going to debate the merits of his answer or freedom of speech.   What has a burr in my behind is the fervor and outrage the Church swept up into at record speed.

Injustice!

Persecution!

Really?

I'm sorry that sometimes life isn't fair.  Jesus himself warned us that in this life we will have troubles.  The world hated him and therefore it will hate us too.   Are we surprised?

We lose our ever loving minds because a reality tv star loses his job.

Does anyone see the irony of this all?

Duck calls y'all.

Duck.Calls.

Everyday around the world, Christians LOSE their lives for their faith.  Are we outraged by that?

Everyday, people go hungry...babies with empty swollen bellies pass on from this earthly life...

Everyday, we walk right past the orphans and widows...we step over the homeless and the needy....

Everyday, we forget about a lost and fallen world without hope.

American Church, You don't know persecution.  Our country is the Only one in the world where Christianity is on the decline.   Truly persecuted churches are thriving.  People worship in caves and in the middle of the night, their faith is dangerous and real....they don't take Jesus for granted..He is their life, their everything and nothing else matters!

We too have the answer and yet we sit on our couches, fat and happy, remote in hand, patting ourselves on the back for watching  a tv show that emulates good Christian family values.  

Maybe a television show really could change society...

Or maybe, it's us that needs our own perspective change....

Happy Happy Quack Quack and all that jazz.

2 comments:

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

All good points.
There is much more to consider than sound bytes and God doesn't ask US to judge. He just asks us to bear witness to His love and truth.

Preston Mitchell said...

Hi Shelly,

I came across your blog because of a comment you left on another blog about Hatch Chile (I market my family's chile online) and wanted to reach out and offer encouragement. Have you found a church here in Cruces? I'm on the praise and worship team at Calvary Baptist and am very involved at The University Church of Christ (a very "reformed" church of christ) and their college ministry. Both churches would love to have you and your family!

I'll be praying for you and your family.

Preston