$5,000, A Double Union, and the Gospel
The past month has been especially busy with the end of the semester, four papers, Band of Bloggers, T4G Conference, and several photog events, and this week will not be any less difficult as it is finals week. I have three: one Tuesday and two Thursday, and I have much studying to do to prepare for them. Also, I have been posting some "heavy" stuff lately, so I thought I'd post something lighter--well, sort of. Yesterday afternoon, I drove an hour southwest of Louisville to shoot a wedding with my good friend Dan Canales. The wedding was supposed to start at 2:00, but this did not happen as the bride just arrived from having her hair done, so the wedding started at 3:10. The minister officiating was a woman, of which I won't make any other comments. However, something happened in the wedding that quite disturbed me. She lead the couple through a series of yes/no questions about "accepting Jesus" and pronounced them Christians there on the spot! She made the statement, "What you have just witnessed is not only the union of a man to a woman in marriage, but a double union of two joined to the Bride of Christ." So everyone is to assume they became Christians right there as they said their vows, right? I left early to make it back to church last night, and a couple of miles from our church I saw a big LED sign propped in front of another church. I thought they were having revival with a big name speaker or something. I slowed down out of interest as I saw $5,000 on the big screen. The next thing that came across was, "Texas Hold'em Tournament." Yep. You got it. A church was holding a $5,000 Texas Hold'em Tournament that Sunday. I guess that's what they call faithful stewardship of God's money and a contemporary way of reaching out to the lost. These two occurrences made my heart really heavy. Is this what Christianity has become in America? On the drive back, I pulled out some CD's to listen to, and having found one by Paul Washer, I decided to listen to it again because of hearing his move to Alabama. It was so encouraging (I know it won't sound like it) because he gets the gospel right, something very few people seem to do these days. I encourage you to listen to his sermon which you can find here. I would love to hear your response to it. Sadly, these occurrences are not anomalies. They are happening all across America. I can't imagine what our holy God is thinking. O that there be a people to turn tables these days! If there be a minister to clearly communicate the gospel to the lost and not give people a false sense of security! This is a reminder to me, that, while I may not get everything in Christianity right, the one thing that I must get right is the gospel. If I fail in this, my soul and the souls who hear me weigh in the balance.