I haven’t written this week since all I have done is worked. I wouldn’t work so much every week if we did not have this layoff hangning over us. I am beginning to see it as relief. I will revel in finding a job that is not so hard on my body, even if it pays less than I make now. Odds are it will, insurance will be more important than pay though.
Dairy, I love my church and the people there but I have really been aggravated by one particular attitude that I have seen lately. It’s something that I disagree with the preacher on but I am hesitant to say anything, mainly because there has been several things that I have discussed with him. I don’t want to be continually disagreeing with the preacher and have everyone think I am the hardcase trouble maker that most all churches have. I greatly respect my preacher and consider him a good friend and I actually agree with about 95% of what he says, but that 5% percent of other stuff really gets my goat Dairy.
I think my church has a hang up with outward appearances. I think some of us think more of dressing up and wearing big smiles than we do of praising God and worshipping Him. Dairy, Matthew 23:25 says WOE UNTO YOU, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! FOR YE MAKE CLEAN THE OUTSIDE OF THE CUP AND OF THE PLATTER, BUT WITHIN THEY ARE FULL OF EXTORTION AND EXCESS. There seems to be a big push about wearing nice clothes, appearing to be happy all the time, and looking spiritual. This is no lie Dairy, we had a sermon a few weeks ago that the preacher actually preached more intense on how you dress(nice clothes) than he did on salvation through Jesus Christ. The sad thing is he had more amens on that than he did salvation. There is so much encouragement to show emotion. This is expected from some people, because they are emotional people. There is one dude who sings and he almost always cries when he talks or sings, but that is just the way he is when you talk to him anytime. I would doubt the sincerety if a bunch of people started crying and shouting and raising hands, especially if they had never done this before.
Matthew 23:25 says to me that some people would rather drink from a cup that was spotless on the outside even if the inside was covered in grime and slime. If the topic ever comes up in sunday school(I sorta lead the youth every other weak) I have thought to take two glasses into class, one dirty on the outside and clean on the inside, the other clean on the outside and dirty ont he inside. Fill the glasses half full of drink and ask a volunter which they would rather drink from. Obviosly they would choose the one that was clean on the outside. After showing them the inside I bet they would change their minds.
This has bothered me for sometime now but has sort of been thrown up in my face recently. I do not have much hair so my head gets cold. Particulary on wednesday nights it is cold inside the church. I was wearing a toboggan wednesday night, inside the church sanctuary, one of the older gentlemen came down the isle and told someone Vonstegall must be cold he has his tobogan on, the reply he got was your suppose to take it off when you go into the Lord’s house. I really wanted to say something smart aleck but I didn’t. I didn’t say nothing. As long as they arsn’t gonna turn on the heat I will wear a toboggan. If I am ever approached I guess I’ll respond that I can’t afford to get sick just because they won’t turn the heat on, my family depends on me going to work to feed, cloth, and house them. God sees the inside of this cup, He knows I mean no disrespect by keeping my head warm, He also knows that I love Him and have a desire to serve Him(although I do a lousy job sometimes). This is something I must commit to prayer, while I have strong feelings about it I don’t want to disrupt harmony and cause a stink with the preacher.
Let me give you an example of this. During the last presidential election we had a dude come walking into church wearing a white t-shirt and in magic marker he had written President Bush eats s***. He wanted to come protest. When he came in some of the leaders saw him and escorted him out and told him he had to wait outside and then protest from across the street. I originally agreed with the guys who did this but now I arsn’t so sure. I think maybe they should have shook his hand introduced themselves like he was anyone else. They should have taken him down to the front pew and sat with him. This way he would hear the sermon and hopefully get saved. He wasn’t a christian, that was revealed while talking to him after church while he was protesting and shouting George Bush is the anti-christ. We sing as an invitational hymm Just As I Am. It goes something like just as I am I come to thee O Lord. We rejected Bill(the protestor) just as he was. We should have accepted him just as he was the same way God accepts us into His kingdom, just as we are, sinners. By that rejection there was nothing we could say to the dude that would change his mind about christians and us in particular. To get back to using Bill as an example, if he had come into church wearing a suit we would have welcomed him and shook his hand and been nice even if he had been a terrorist wanting to blow the church up. In conversing with Bill his biggest gripe was that he has a sickness that he beleives more stem cell research could help. That was what was in his heart the fear of his sickness, we rejected him and possibly condemned him to hell by our actions and by looking at the outside of the cup only. We could have offered him a healing that would have lasted an eternity instead we refused to even offer it to him because of his appearance.
I sincerely pray that if I am wrong that my belief on this will change and if others are wrong then there belief will change. The ironic thing is that our church is a friendly, accepting, and loving church most of the time.
I reckon I is through for now Dairy, see ya later.
MATTHEW 23:27 WOE UNTO YOU, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! FOR YE ARE LIKE UNTO WHITED SEPULCHRES, WHICH INDEED APPEAR BEAUTIFUL OUTWARD, BUT ARE WITHIN FULL OF DEAD MEN’S BONES, AND OF ALL UNCLEANESS.
I AM VONSTEGALL AND I LOVE MY CHURCH, MY PREACHER, AND MY LORD!!!