The other day I woke up to a message that said, "It was funny to see your tweet on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
I got up, googled, and found that, sure enough, a tweet I posted had made its way onto national TV.
Here's what happened:
Last Monday morning I got up at 5:30 and headed straight to Starbucks. I like to get up as early as I can on Monday to get a headstart on the week. I ordered a grande dark roast, took a seat, and started on my weekly sermons. After a while of putting together a few thoughts on the resurrection, I looked up and saw a stack of green cups, not yet in use, behind the counter. I figured they'd come out either later that morning or the next day.
Immediately I was reminded of that Facebook evangelist guy. The one who told everyone last year that Starbucks purposefully changed their holiday cups to exclude Christians. This, of course, was false. And even if it were true it was nothing to be upset about in any regard as the church is the only organization divinely commissioned to inform the world about the birth of Jesus.
But since there was such an uproar last year I thought it might be funny to tweet (sarcastically) about it this year. Here's what I said:
On Tuesday(ish) of that week I got a notification on Twitter from someone who I didn't follow, nor follows me. They asked me about what I had said, and I told them the tweet was sarcasm. They then said that they saw the tweet "in an article." Later, I found the article. My tweet was listed amongst others and taken to be serious. I laughed my head off, and I thought that was that.
Several days went by and then, on Friday night, this happened (watch 2:35-2:50):
I showed my wife and told her I was afraid of going viral. I told her that I was afraid of the world thinking I was out of my mind. She lovingly laughed at me and said that she hoped that would happen because "it would be so funny." After some thought, I decided this wasn't a big deal and posted the video on Facebook. Many of my friends had a good laugh.
I know this is weird, but I started daydreaming about what it would have been like to get to talk to Stephen Colbert about the tweet on his show. I began thinking through the answers I'd give to questions about the uproar last year over the red cup and so on. And then I realized something most interesting.
I AM out of my mind. And I have been for exactly eleven years.
It was eleven years ago today, November 9th, 2005, that I gave my life to Christ out in a field in West Virginia and the Holy Spirit changed everything about me.
Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:13, "If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God."
I don't care about what color the cups at Starbucks are, but the things I do stand for would make me look crazy on a national platform.
I believe that there is one God, Jesus Christ, and that he is good. I believe that we're not good, we're sinful. I think there is life after death and that because we're sinful we're headed for suffering. But I'm also convinced that Jesus loves his people that he created in his image, and he atoned for their sins by becoming a perfect man and dying on a Roman cross for their forgiveness.
I believe he rose again from death and ascended into heaven where he is now sitting on the right hand of God the Father. I think that he wants bad people to run to him, not from him. He sends them the Holy Spirit when they repent and believe on him. And only by repentance of sin and faith in Jesus will one enter into eternal life.
I believe that all people throughout all the world should change, forsaking rebellion and religion, to be more like Jesus and every day I aim to make that happen. I don't just believe you should go to church I think you should be the church and spend your whole life not on pleasure, experiences or achievements but on serving Jesus and the poor. I believe we are responsible for loving all people, even people who reject Jesus and see things differently than we do. I believe that Jesus will return to earth to take over and make all things new.
So yes, I'm totally out of my mind. I just hope to be out of my mind for something bigger than a coffee cup.
Here's to being crazy for God and being crazy for good!
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