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Monday, May 22, 2006

Life or Leisure?

On a night when the world gathers in cities across the globe for the International HIV/AIDS Candlelight Memorial;
On a night when the world pauses...
Pauses to remember those that have lost their lives and their futures;
On a night where we gather to HOPE together that there would be another way;
On a cool night @ Rosa Park Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, I wonder...

Where is everyone?
Where are all the people that care about the world?
Where are those that are afflicted with HIV?
Where are the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones?
Where is the church?

And then I realize,
On this night, the Pistons were playing game seven of the East Semifinals.
And I can't help but wonder how many people purposely ordered their day so they could catch the game;
And how many did NOT order their day to come to the memorial.

It comes down to this: Life or Leisure? Too often, my actions demonstrate that leisure has a higher value than life. I'd rather watch basketball or a romantic comedy than see lives saved. How is that possible?

If only I could love others as I love myself...


At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very true. Good observation. We are defined by what motivates us.

At 10:29 PM, Anonymous rapraptorman said...

I wonder how much leisure the Apostle Paul had?
Leisure at least in its current dose is so very a recent in history. We have become such an efficient people so that we have this extra time compared to earlier generations....and we choose to sit around and mindlessly entertain ourselves. And if we can't handle this extra time we go back to work and become workaholics. Oh, what a wretched people we are. Who will rescue us...wait, we've been rescued and now we're living in cheap grace and shallow faith. Of course there are many exceptions to this general trend that should not be colored with the same paint brush.
Greg, I have another topic for you to blog on as well...the idolatry of the nuclear family in evangelicalism and how this relates to our sense of church family and our time for loving the world.

At 9:32 AM, Blogger John Frye said...

Climbing over a mountain of guilt, I finally feel worthy enough to respond to this blog.

What do think about rapraptorman's blog topic suggestion. I think he's on to something. For a long time I've felt that the post-world war II "nuclear family" concept has become USAmerican Christians' number one idol.

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Greg said...

Raptor: I'm sure Paul, such an accomplished sinner, had some great ideas for leisure.

I agree with your thoughts here. I like your idea for a post on the nuclear family. In fact, the "american dream" of a husband who is the primary breadwinner and the wife who stays home with the kids is a RECENT phenomenon, yet Christians talk about it as if it were "from Eden." Why don't you come up with something to say on this and I'll post it for you under your name? Sort of a guest blogger.


At 3:13 PM, Blogger revnace said...

I'd love to hear you on this Greg. What does God purpose for the family? Who should provide for the family fananically? Is a stay at home Dad what God intends? Is it a sin for the Dad to stay at home if the Mom can provide better for the family fanancially? If not the "nuclear" family, then what? Grandpa and Grandma living with us? Or us living with them? Is this a culture issue or something that God has planned for the family that we are missing on?


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