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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

From Braggish to Brackish: In Living Color

On August 11, I made a post called From Braggish to Brackish, speaking of the pervading arrogance of churches today. I can't help but think about this again, especially seeing the brackish water there in New Orleans. From testimony to testimony, when asked why they stayed, residents of New Orleans said something like, "We didn't think it would be that bad. We can stick it out." Many people did not heed the warning to get out, and when the window of time closed to do so, many were left either to tread water or perish. Even on the day after the hurricane pasted, I saw on Fox News where New Orleans residents where in the local pub partying away with an attitude of indestructibility and immortality. It was braggish with a capital B. Then the levee's broke. Now those who remain in New Orleans are wading through manure, urine, rats, dead and decomposing corpses, and a host of diseases in this stagnant, brackish water. In a matter of moments, what was a disposition of being braggish turned into the unsuspected reality of brackish contamination. Nothing to eat. Nowhere to go. Nothing left except the clothes on your back, tattered and torn they may be. What an amazing, striking, overwhelming reality before our eyes - a reality which everyone wishes never had happened. I am not saying that it was because of the arrogant attitude brought upon the break of the levees in New Orleans. What I am saying is that there were many in New Orleans who have gotten used to being missed, to escaping the eye, and fortunate enough to not ever having a serious hurricane, at least not for a generation. Then Katrina came. Is there a lesson for the American Evangelical Church here? I'll leave that for you to decide.

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