I can’t imagine that this shirt might not be a hot-button topic. You really find out how vitriolic people can be when it comes to politics. Ronald Reagan, for example, to some people was a small ‘s’ savior, a defender of freedom and an all-around nice guy. To others he was a fascist, a mo-ron and an international criminal. In sports, the New England Patriots are the best team that ever lived with the universe’s greatest quarterback, Tom Brady, and the world’s greatest coach, Bill Bellillechick. Others see them as the antithesis of good sportsmanship and others hope that the field will open up and swallow them during pregame warmups. Religions suffer the same fate. Christians are derided as intolerable and illiterate by some groups, while some Christians denounce other denominations as cults or in error when interpreting the Bible. Some cults decry the world as, well, just crazy. The world is a whirling dervish of competing opinions, arguments, fights, curses, fistacuffs, libels, rights and laws and factions. When everybody’s right and everybody’s wrong is it any wonder that in America we seem to have forgotten how to pee?
How does one deal with this turmoil? If you heed the words of Der Stingle, lead singer and bassist of the jazzyrocknroll band, The Police, it would be, “When the world is running down, you make the best of what’s still around“. Well, that’s OK if there’s anything useful left laying around. Others would say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade“. While that’s an appropriate use of resources, lemonade can’t really change your flat tire or defrag your computer. “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door” of course means people want a better way of catching mice and will invest in or buy your better mousetrap, but with that sort of success comes hangers-on who don’t care about you but just want a piece of your new found money pie. Others will try to sue you for dollars bill on bogus charges that you promised to share your wealth with them after evenings of drinks and dancing. Still others will try to destroy you with rumors and false innuendo simply because you support the wrong cause, team, religion, political party, view on life, hairstyle, type of car, hair cream or dance style.
By now you’re probably thinking, “OK, Mr. The Purging Lutheran, I’ll bet you’re going to recommend that I sit and open up the Bible and start reading. That’s so boring.” Well, while I would never call The Word of God boring, it is possible to re-read parts of it over and over again to the point that it loses its ‘oomph’ on a person. Try this: Look for the parts where unusual things happen such as the iron axe head that floats on the water, or the talking donkey, or when David’s son tries to escape his enemies but gets his hair caught in a tree. Or find the part where a dead body is dumped in a cave, knocks up against the bones of a prophet and comes back to life. Just read those parts for the entertainment value. Don’t pretend to be a theologian and try to make it say something it doesn’t mean but also don’t decry it and shout out, “Feh!”.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will tell you great and mysterious things that you do not know.