Every now and then, I like to take a look at an ordinary life situation and use it to illustrate a spiritual principle. Kinda like the way Phil Robertson does at the end of every "Duck Dynasty" episode. It might just be a vain practice in apophenia, but perhaps there's really a message from God in there. Either way, it's a practice that helps me meditate and internalize Bible principles.
Lately, the particular "ordinary life situation" that became meaningful to me involved a five-year-old-boy and his nasty tantrum.
When meeting another Christian for the first time, one of the likely go-to small-talk questions for an Evangelical is, "Which church do you go to?" It's also something we like to ask ex-churchmates, or former classmates from ye olde christian school: "Where do you attend now?," "Are you still in XYZCF?" Being a part of a local church is such an integral part of our lives that we make it a point to ... uh ... to what, exactly? Thinking about it, I'm not really sure why we ask. I suppose it's a polite way to find out whether the other person is still "walking the walk"; or maybe no one really cares where you go, but people just ask anyway to fill the awkward silence.
Some years ago, I listened to a guy vent about a classmate of his whom he found utterly annoying. Said classmate didn't believe in getting an education, and was pretty vocal about it. It was because, he said, we were clearly in the end times, Jesus was coming back soon, and education wouldn't matter then. School was a waste of time, that classmate said.
Recently the local twittersphere was abuzz about a "mysterious skin disease" in a certain province, and how all this was foretold by a team of prophets in a 2013 prayer conference. The news first appeared on a tabloid TV program by a network with a reputation for sensationalized journalism. It was soon dismissed as a hoax by a more reputable news corporation.
The past several weeks have been full of stuff for me, and since I've never considered blogging to be anywhere at the top of my list of priorities, all my blogs have been fairly silent through last December. I hadn't made any heartwarming Christmassy posts, or thought-provoking New Year-related ones, tsk tsk. It's still January though, and I reckon I can still blog about my thoughts on the start of the year.