Secondly, I've been reading 2 different books about Bono and U2. Over the years there has been a fair amount of criticism of Bono for his non-traditional approach to Christianity. Many have questioned whether or not Bono really is a Christian, even though he claims to be. How could he possibly be a Christian when he smokes, drinks, curses, and "still hasn't found what he's looking for"?? I don't know if Bono's approach to Christianity is a good one or not. Again, that's not for me to say. But I do know that I hear in his lyrics the message of the Gospel and I see in his life the radical effects of one who has taken hold of that message and is taking to a world mostly ingnored by traditional Christians. It seems he may well be following in the footsteps of our Lord - Jesus was not only critisized for hanging with sinners - he was accused of being a glutton and a drunkard too.
Later Jesus and his disciples were at home having supper with a collection of disreputable guests. Unlikely as it seems, more than a few of them had become followers . The religion scholars and Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company and lit into his disciples: 'What kind of example is this, acting cozy with the riff-raff?' Mark 2:15 - The Message
Thirdly, my mother-in-law sent me a letter saying that she had read on my blog that we are using a "pirates" theme when we go out to the reservation this summer. She expressed some concnern about this and told me she didn't think pirates should be glorified. I see her point and I respect it. I really do. And I knew going into this that someone would object. That is fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I have mine as well and I tend to think that every kid out there is well aware of the HUGE Disney hit movie and knows that it is all fantasy and fun. To play with them on their level is more important to me than pleasing those who would object.
It also occurs to me that we (Christians) tend to think that true hospitality involves welcoming the outcasts of society into our places of worship. That is certainly true and as my son Cody points out in his blog, too often they are not welcomed. "We don't want to get the carpet dirty". To welcome them into our place, whether it be our church or our home, is one thing, but I wonder why we wait for them to come to us? I would guess that they realize that they would not be welcome in our churches and homes, which is why we need to take the first step and go to them. Then, when they know we accept them, maybe they will come to our place. Maybe the real problem is not whether they are welcome, but whether we really do accept them. I have a hunch they know the average Christian doesn't.
"John the Baptizer came fasting and you called him crazy. The Son of Man came feasting and you called him a lush. Opinion polls don't count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating." - Luke 7:35 - The Message