I was having lunch with a friend a while back and we got to talking about what God is doing in the world as of late. How God is and has been doing revivals right in our backyard. All we have to do is choose to see God working. I ended up mentioning to him a recent Matt Walsh video where he says that he is not playing the fence and chooses to fight evil instead of tucking his tail between his legs and giving in, just to make the other side happy. That made me reflect on a quote from a favorite movie of mine, John Carpenter’s They Live.
They Live is a thought-provoking commentary on the ways in which society can be manipulated and controlled. In the film, the main character John Nada (who is played by Roddy Piper) discovers a pair of special sunglasses that allow him to see the world as it really is – a world where subliminal messages and hidden agendas are everywhere.
I got to shout out to my boi, Aaron who is a singer and songwriter, and Worship Pastor at my church. Aaron and I have gone back many years now. When I was in dark times coming back to my faith and fighting for my marriage, Aaron was a staple of support for me. Aaron just put out a song on his Youtube channel, and it is good.
My family and I recently had the opportunity to attend Monster Jam in St. Louis on January 22nd. It was a Christmas gift from my mom, and it was a blast! I enjoyed watching Monster Jam when I was younger, but now I get to enjoy that our family has slowly become fans of the sport, and it was an incredible experience to watch the trucks perform live with my kids. My kids have gotten into it enough already, that all adopted their favorite teams. Savannah is into Grave Digger, Oliver loves the giant shark Megalodon, and Ivy gets a kick out of El Loco Toro as it blows smoke from its nostrils. It was cool to get to see all three running in the event.
It’s been two years since I last wrote on this blog, but as the running gag of this blog, I’ve been doing a lot of stuff. When I last posted, the world was still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and many were still living in fear. While the situation has improved, that fear has shifted to other issues.
I read a Facebook post this morning, with the post claiming that “the church” (not my particular church) turns a blind eye on mental illness and chalks it up to not having enough faith. It is another “the church failed us” story. I hear this person’s heart, I really do, but this post makes me mad and concerned as a whole. While it was this person’s version of the truth, I don’t believe it is the truth. Have I seen some church people like that? sure. I’ve seen sex scandals, extortion, manipulation, mistrust and all sorts of things come from people of “the church”, but to say this is what the Church is about, is false.
I’ve been seeing these kinds of post a lot. I now refer to them as “the church” posts, and usually has something to do with how the church failed an individual.