Crazy People Spotted in Church
February 4, 2009 § 4 Comments
If you knew anything about the couple in this picture you would think that they had snapped. However when you Google them they show up under ‘stability.’ He serves on the Missions Committee of our church. She is deeply involved in our ESL ministry (English as a Second Language). They travel to Asia and do amazing ministry there, welcoming internationals into their home and lives. To top it off, they sit near the front in worship every Sunday! Make no mistake about it – they are ‘church people.’
And yet, this is how they were dressed this past Sunday for worship – primed for the Super Bowl and displaying themselves as living declarations that they had obviously crossed over into the dark side of the National Football League. Outrageous!
I love crazy people in the church. Oh, don’t get me wrong – Dave and Julie are as solid as it gets. But they are free – and that’s what I love. There is a crazy freedom to the Gospel that enables us to dress wildly (even if as Pittsburg Steelers), to smile widely, to laugh uncontrollably and to pose shamelessly (well, you know what I mean…) – even in church.
With all the sorrows we witness and carry in this broken world there has to be time for laughter too. Solomon says as much when he calls us to ‘be happy’ when ‘times are good’ (Ecclesiastes 7:14). A few weeks ago Katherine and I heard a song on the radio – one I eventually downloaded (legally of course) simply because of its title: “What’s wrong (about feeling good)?”
If I were asked to add to the Beatitudes (which I haven’t been), mine might be, ‘Blessed are the lighthearted, for such is the laughter of the Kingdom.’ Though He didn’t actually say it, Jesus certainly lived this out, untamed and unleashed. We can too – with nothing to hide and everything to look forward to in the new heavens and the new earth, the Gospel sets our hearts free to live in the laughter and liberation of the Savior Himself.
Way to go Dave and Julie (not to be interpreted as an endorsement for the Pittsburg Steelers)!