I recently gave a sermon at church. I spoke about refugees and some of the reasons we all come to Jesus. I cried. That seems to happen whenever I preach. The actual teaching starts about 6 minutes into the recording. The crying follows soon after.
The events that occurred on September 11, 2001 have been associated with my job for years. Remembering this day and all the emotions associated with it often get muddled with my feelings about my work.
I love auto racing. Watching something like this gives me chills, though.
Austin Dillon’s 3,500 lb. car went airborne, crashed into a fence, and tore itself apart. Amid all of the carnage, Dillon walked away. Ten years ago he’d probably be dead or have several broken bones.
Some debris went into the grandstands. It’s possible a spectator got injured. In fact, the spectator probably suffered more injuries than the driver.
You know that many runners enter a race, and only one of them wins the prize. So run to win! —1 Corinthians 9:24 (CEV)
We’re often afraid to get in the race because of the inherent danger. The speed and aggression of those around us compel us to sit down and watch while others race.
Sometimes sitting on the sidelines is more dangerous than being in the race. Drivers rely on their equipment to keep them safe. We should rely on the armor of God to keep us safe.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. —Ephesians 6:11 (KJV)
Crashes are inevitable. Every race car driver knows this. You can’t let the fear of crashing keep you out of the race. Trust in the tools and equipment is paramount in such a dangerous endeavor.
Likewise, we as Christians have to live our lives. We can’t cower in the corner or walk in fear when things get tough. Get in the race, armor up, and know that God will protect you when you crash and burn!
I came across a great article last week about engaging geek culture rather than fearing it. Here’s an excerpt:
When geekdom started to take off, the Christian church reacted with fear. The prime example was Dungeons and Dragons, but video games, comic books, science fiction and fantasy books, and more were looked at with a critical eye at best and full on accusations of demonic influence at worst. There was a movement growing up around technology and culture that would wind up shaping the world in so many ways, and the church thought bar codes were the mark of the beast. The church became something that was behind the status quo, rather than being for the outsiders.
This is so true. As a geek I find it hard to relate to many people in my church. Geeks don’t want to let their geek flag fly for fear of being ostracized or accused of engaging in “ungodly” behavior.
Whenever I talk to young people about movies, video games, anime, or the latest episode of Daredevil their faces light up. I can see in their eyes that they’re thinking, “This guy understands me!”
We need more elders, deacons, and pastors to engage the culture rather than condemn it (Note: that doesn’t mean we ignore sin) so we can share Jesus with them.