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Random Musings about Faith and Flags

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So yesterday in church the beginnings of a blog post began to circulate in my mind.  And then yesterday evening after a day of my facebook feed blowing up due to taking a knee vs not taking a knee blah blah blah blah blah another topic started swirling in my head and so we have a combined topical blog post.  Bear with me while I do a bit of rambling here.

By the way, yes, I find that often when I go to church writing related ideas start to circulate in my head.  Yesterday, I got off to a grumpy start and found myself out of sorts on the way to church.  I honestly wasn't into going by the time I got there but mentally wanted to check that box for the week.  Sometimes God will communicate to me when I'm there through thoughts (like say ideas that spark with writing) or I really feel the music.  And this week.  nothing.  I sat there annoyed because the light was too bright in the sanctuary.  I was annoyed because, as a confessed, confirmed, promptness freak the fact that we are 2+ songs into worship and you are just now strolling into the church with your tankard of coffee and a donut or bagel grabbed off the table in the hall.  And then the sermon didn't speak to me.  In fact, the sermon (series on the beatitudes) at one point left me scowling at the pastor.  Because apparently, it did not occur to him that not everyone in the sanctuary would know what was talked about at the weekend MEN's conference.  Yeah, Dude, not everyone has a man in the family.  Thanks for that.  So I was left wondering if it was time to look elsewhere in town for a place to worship.  This is actually why I drag my feet about joining in now.  I find that it takes me a while to determine exactly what they are about.  

Next Sunday is a day that I need to do some work from home for quarter end closing.  If I don't the first workday is a pain.  So I'm contemplating skipping church.  Or hey, maybe check that other church in town out.  The one that announced recently that it had voted to become a sanctuary church for immigrants.  We'll see but I was left rather annoyed and I find now that I'm left pondering why I think I need to check a box for attend worship services.  


Then there was the whole Flag/take a knee kerfuffle.  I only this morning went public on Facebook with my opinion (of sorts) and that was to share a meme).


I was actually happy to see this since I heard this on a news program last night.  Sharing here so that those who read and 'appreciate' this will have a copy.  

The first time I consciously remember hearing the phrase 'take a knee' was in reference to a small group leader in our children's ministry having his group of 6th grade boys 'take a knee' together and pray.  It was something his high school football team did.  He attended (a generation later) the same high school in the same small town that I had gone to my senior year (we moved, long story I'll spare you).  Small town America.  So imagine my shock at why it is disrespectful to 'take a knee.'  

There was also this profound (to me) photo from the Kansas City Star yesterday.  Between the player praying on both knees and the player taking a knee with his hand over his heart I see a whole lot of disrespect there, don't you?  Spoilering this one due to the size.  So in the meantime I'll be unfollowing and hiding crap on social media as people outrage over stuff they don't understand (again).  






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