Last 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.
Moving 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 Love of the Search,