Sometimes, life interrupts our trivial pursuits. We are blissfully consumed with the important issues of the day when life grabs us by the throat and forcefully turns our head to face the real issues that should command our attention. This weekend was no exception.
The Pressing Issues of the Day:
- Will “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2” continue it’s box office magic, or will “Captain America: The First Avenger” take the top spot? “‘Captain America’ shoots down ‘Harry Potter.'”
- Will the NFL strike end in time for training camp to start? Should I take a chance on buying tickets to a preseason game? “Players vote to approve new labor deal, end lockout.”
- Will the Seattle Mariners ever win another game? After 15 straight losses, and a 3-game series with the New York Yankees, that answer is yet to be determined.
The Real Issues of the Day:
- “Two weekend shootings in region (Seattle, King County) injure 20.”
- “Amy Winehouse, troubled Grammy-winning soul diva, dead at 27.”
- “Norway attacks: Oslo hit by bomb explosion and youths shot at camp.”
- Will Congress and the President ever agree on a new budget and debt plan? Considering the discussion is in the finger pointing, posturing, and politics stage, that issue is yet to be determined.
Now, I love sports and movies. But they are peripheral issues compared to the conflict, violence, and senseless deaths of the weekend.
The events of the weekend should drive us to our knees in prayer. We should pray for those who are grieving, who lost loved ones, and who search for answers as to why.
The events of the weekend should also cause those of us who know Jesus Christ as Savior to speak up about our faith and how Jesus can heal the hurting and hopeless. I realize anew how appropriate was the main point of my sermon yesterday on Mark 1:40-45, “Because Jesus touched us, we should tell others about him.”