Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ready To Stand?

On Wednesdays, I don't go into the office until 1:00 because we have youth group until 9:00 at night. So today, Chrissy and I decided to take the girls to a local theater that shows free "kid friendly" movies on Wednesday mornings. Today was "Horton Hears a Who". Even though my daughters had seen it a few hundred times, they were as excited as hyper as ever. So, we loaded the van and eventually got to the theater and settled in for the film. It was a delightful story (this was my first time seeing it), with some really funny parts. Just as it got to a very crucial part in the movie, something strange happened. A large black band appeared on the screen that blocked out almost the whole picture. We could still see just a small sliver of Horton on the top and bottom of the screen, but tha was it. Here's where I was surprised. We sat there for a good 3-5 minutes in this sold out theater and not a person did anything. Finally I heard one lady sitting down front with her kids yell out "It's not working!". Like that was actually going to get the attention of some magical theater employee that would hear her over the movie and come to the rescue. So I looked at Chrissy and said "I'll be back." I got up with everyone watching me, made my way to the isle, down the stairs, and left the movie to go get someone to help us. After informing a near-by employee, the movie was quickly fixed.
Later, thinking of the whole experience, I couldn't help but think about how it relates so much to Christian culture. How many times do we as Christians know there is a need in our community, country, or world, and yet feel like "oh it'll get worked out eventually" or "Someone else will do it" or "I don't actually have to get up and do something, but if I make enough noise it will help"? When does it click in our mind that we need to stand up and take charge and say "I'll be the one to tell my coworkers about Christ" or "I will get out of my comfort zone and go to a poverty stricken country to help work in an orphanage for a week or two" or "I'll be the one to invite that student that no one talks to at school from school to youth group".
God's calling us. I'm ready to stand are you?

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