It’s a Sad Day, When the Dog Does More Than Me

dog-the-bounty-hunterLast night, my wife and I were watching an old episode of “Dog – the Bounty Hunter” (hey, don’t laugh …. at least it’s not “American Idol”). Dog and his foul-mouthed wife go out and look for criminals who have neglected to show up for court dates and/or pay for their crimes, in one form or another. They find these criminals, arrest them, and turn them in to the authorities …. and we call that “entertainment” [Oh boy, another post for another time]!

Anyways, the show is kind of an oxymoron. They pray (in the name of Jesus) before every bust and then, after they arrest the fugitive/criminal, there is a lot of talk about God, Jesus and the criminal’s need to repent. Attempting to be compassionate, they offer  the criminal a cigarette and, most of the time, assure them with comforting words. Once the arrested is turned in to the authorities, there is usually an attempt to paint Dog as a loving, compassionate “teddy bear” of a man …. and I have to say, there seems to be genuine tears in his eyes when he speaks of trying to help these people get back on their feet. Still, one doesn’t know if a lot of these things are scripted.

skeletonMoving forward … in the episode we watched last night, they arrested a huge drug-dealing Samoan woman. They had to search through the slums for hours to find her and, once they got her in the back of the car, she started crying. From the worn and haggard look on her face, I thought that she had to be 40-45 …  but she was only 21. She was the daughter of a pastor in California, and somehow she lost her way. Whether this was part of a script or not, I don’t know, but my heart went out to this woman …. and I felt a certain level of deep conviction.

Even though “Dog – the Bounty Hunter” is filled with contradictions and imperfections, I think we could learn something from this show. Incredibly crass and “rough-around-the-edges”, Dog and his wife are telling people about what (little) they know. Their message is basic …. perhaps too basic, but they are WORKING with what they have!

This should bring conviction to all of us.

How many of us have filled our heads and hearts with the Word of God, and yet resigned ourselves to spouting our “deep” theological insights and Facebook debates? Do you really think that God intended us to stay indoors, close ourselves off from society and “witness” to the cyber-community? How many hours have we spent on the computer, carrying on weak and superficial e-”relationships” versus going out and telling our neighbor “Hi!”?

People are going to hell while we watch and debate John Crowder videos. What a waste of time!

In my bible, the Master said:

Mat 28:19-20
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, [even] to the end of the age.”

Somehow that doesn’t sound like “Sit on your butt and write.”

Look, believe it or not, I have nothing against blogging and communicating online (otherwise, I’m the worst of hypocrites), but we really need to get some perspective on how we relate to each other (the Body) and mankind in general. Somehow, I feel God is going to be disappointed if my neighbor goes to hell because I was too busy with my e-ministry.

Looks like I need to start “walking” again.

For the Truth,

Kevin Kleint

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  1. says

    I have actually believed and still do, that God wants me to write. I tell people about the good news of The Kingdom whenever, where ever and how ever I can. Just want to share one case in point:

    To make a long story short>>>>>>I spoke to a Wiccan that said she needed to go, and then asked me questions for almost three hours. Before we parted, she said that because I, a stranger, spent so much time with another stranger to care and to answer her questions respectfully, that she was going to consider everything I said. I only wanted you not to form an iron clad view of being on face book. But, your point is taken. And, I do need to spend less time on the laptop. But, I know that chats online have made a difference in more than one or two cases, and I also believe that some of us are called to minister to the church. We need missionaries in the churches in this country now days. Carry on. :)

  2. John the Baptist the 2nd says

    Want to be involved in the greatest adventure ever offered mortal man? Want to awaken each and every day with a song in your heart? Want to see hope ,peace and joy spring up in the lives of mortals that have been chewed up and spit out by this system of things and by the ‘god’ of this world. Seeing lives transformed from fear,frustration, bewilderment and despair – by the fruits and good news that all true children of the Most High God bear – is an adventure you do not want to miss – Unless of course , it would interfer with your t.v. viewing, cause you to feel uncomfortable, interfer with your savings for your old age , cause you to have to drive older vehicles, cause any of your aquaintances to want to distance themselves from you, cause self called ‘Christians’ to resent you and feel uneasy around you, cause you any physical pain whatsoever, or your too afraid to leave the safety of the little cocoon you have built for yourself.. Cowards and self-centered souls will not be found in his Kingdom. If that’s what you are, wake up- or don’t – sit back in your easy chairs and let the true children of God experience all the adventure , all the joy that overflows, and all the exhilaration in being the material life partners of the Holy Spirit in the accomplishment of Our Father’s Will here on earth as it is in heaven.

  3. m says

    Really interesting blog today, Kevin. I would caution you that it is best to assume that everything IS scripted on that or any of the so-called reality shows that are on TV. Also, I would caution you not to assume that because Dog uses the name of Jesus that he is in fact following Jesus. Please keep in mind what Jesus said about knowing people by the fruit in their lives. Having a foul-mouth, as you describe his wife, is bad fruit, not good. But all that aside, the real question is the one you raised about what we are doing with our lives. Are we just going along day by day in our comfort zones or are we reaching out to people around us with the truth and love of God? Are we doing our part to fulfill the great commission or are we just struggling to keep ourselves on the straight and narrow path? I have to admit and repent of my love for my comfort and my focus on me, my, and mine. At times I know I lay all that down and pick up my cross and follow Jesus, but I am not consistent in my walk, and I say this to my shame. Lord, teach me to number my days, and use the life you have given me to serve you. One final note, Kevin….writing this blog is a great service to the body of Christ, which is so vulnerable to deception. As long as God is directing you to do it, do it with excellence as unto him, and the fruit will be good, even if you don’t see it. Just want to encourage you, brother.

  4. says

    Okay, Kevin. I’m just wondering about he “worn and haggard” look of the gal you thought was somewhere between 40-45. I’m in that “worn and haggard” age range myself! I guess I could tell people I’m really 21.

  5. Val says

    I have been feeling so much the same, although I have never watched Dog……Just not sure what to do with what I feel. Mostly I just feel awkward, when I think about it. We have unbelieving friends, and share with them, but that too has its limits. It doesn’t connect us with people like this Samoan woman…..Remember in the gospels where He talks about going into the highways and byways and compelling them to come? Hmmmmnnn….God help us!