It is estimated that 2 BILLION people around the world watched a couple of young people get married in London yesterday. Surely something attracting that many people must be historically profound or of incredible importance. Surely those 2 BILLION people felt compelled to participate either from a sense of obligation or excitement. Either way, when nearly one third of the world s population tunes in for an event, it is noteworthy.
By some estimates, more people watched the coverage of the NFL draft Thursday night than attend all the non-Catholic churches in the USA combined on a normal Sunday morning. Whether that is true is highly debatable (just as the 2 BILLION figure is), but what is not open for debate is the fact that there is far more interest in the pomp associated with royalty and more fascination in most United States sporting events than there is in much of anything that happens in the majority of Christian churches.
Is it not the least bit ironic that we (Christianity) have the greatest message in the history of man and very few are interested in it because of their preoccupation with politics, entertainment and sports? Is it not the least bit troublesome that instead of staying faithful to teaching that message, many Christian institutions water it down or turn it into a three ring circus in a futile attempt to prove to the world that "Church is fun" or "Christianity is cool"?
I really have no clue what the attraction of a royal wedding or the NFL draft is all about. Neither one of these events that took place in the last 36 hours holds the least bit of appeal to me, but evidently I am in the minority. According to the world these events ARE what is important and newsworthy. I guess 2 BILLION people cannot be wrong, or can they?
When I turned on the TV yesterday morning, every channel almost were broadcasting it. I suppose some of the channel surfing, trying to find something, was counted as part of that 2 billion, 'tuning in'. Wasn't for long, on my part.
I guess part of the clue is "where the heart is". Bothered me too. I wonder if they will do the 'beatification' thingy?
The watching of the wedding is a girl thing... So, you will never get it. The whole fairy tale aspect... . Some day My prince will come:) Christianty is exciting but the world thinks that giving up your life so that you can truly live is crazy. If only we could get them to see how fun and exciting following Christ really is , but a lot of times all they see is the church condeming the church... When we start acting like christians maybe then the world will see the light... The woeld is supposed to see how wonderful our lives are and want to obtain the same thing for their lives. The country is in a rough spot, again, so watching a fairytale is a great distraction
Umm... as far as it being a "girl thing", this doesn't really get it either, LOL! It's not just my age either. Prince William's parents were married less than a month before me back in 1981 but all of my focus and attention was on my upcoming wedding to my "prince". We will be married 30 years in August.
You are right, B2Y. Too many Christians promote Christianity as "fun". Then when people encounter trials they either drift away or think God is "punishing" them.
I doubt that on the surface my life could be described as "wonderful" over the past three and a half years. No one is standing in line eagerly waiting to get the health issues I've faced and the baggage that comes with it. Yet at the same time, the non-Christians who have been made aware of my "story" have approached me with great wonder and wanted me to tell them... what's different about me.
Christianity is not about "fun". It is about letting the world know that Jesus Christ suffered, died and rose again that we might have true life, it is about letting them know about the God who loves us so very much and longs to set them free from sin and heal their broken hearts. It is about letting them know that even in the darkest night, we don't have to be afraid for He is with us!
Christianity is not about "fun" or even about us... it is about God!
I think as to Christianity we know that the ways of man are not the ways of God and mankind will never seek God on his own. The message brought by Christ over 2000 years ago was not popular so it should be no surprise to us that it is not popular today.
But as to the wedding of HRH the Prince and Princess William, well this woman thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. And of course I would start to sing God save the Queen at this point BUT Im thinking I may get kicked off an american site
What I look foward to most though, is that day when Christ the bridegroom comes for His bride, I know that I will be there as the bride and not as an observer. That is worth tuning in for !!
You didn't watch the future King of England get married?
I didn't either, come to think of it.
All sports drafts are boring, except for the few.
I have been through the Bible word for word several times, haven't found that word 'fun' yet.
It is pretty 'cool' though, but I don't think I mean it in the same sense the others do.
I'm with @Bethy there is a wedding I'm waiting for - don't forget the dinner too.
Was not aware that the wedding was yesterday or whenever! Some are known as Captain Obvious-I guess I'm Captain Oblivious! The Bride-agreed! God Bless you and Blest, Brother Kirk! Dave
It was fun to watch and it isn't something you see every day. The Word was read at the ceremony and God's Word does not come back void! Just think of how many heard it, and rejoice.
So you ve discovered the world s interests is in politics (to love lies), entertainment (to love arousal) and sports (to love believing). Indeed this is a description of unbelievers. Unbelievers love lying, sexual immortality and subliminally believe into something, but God has blinded them and now they still require believing but do not know what to believe.
2 Corinthians 4:4 says, The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God .
God has blinded them, leaving them unable to see what truth is, but clearly everyone has a desire, or at least an interest to believe something, but since they are blind, they tend to choose to be atheist, spiritual or follow some other religion. This is because all these people do not have Spirit in them.
1 Corinthians 2:14 says, The person without the spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit .
So you have concluded these two billion people are wrong. In fact, these believers were blinded from God, by God. Yet they need something to believe. Perhaps the world is always looking for something to believe in. Sport is all about determination, hard work, skill, and after hard work and hours of practicing, you believe in yourself and you have hope to get the job done, and win. If you re not the athlete, then you re a fan of the athlete. Everyone believes in sports to either conquer or to lose. Just as Christians, we know Jesus Christ will conquer, and Satan will lose.
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The night before, I said to myself, if I wake up I will watch the wedding. I woke up at 4 a.m. and so I started to watch the event and was drawn into it. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole wedding, the before activity and after activity and the ceremony, which I was so pleased that it was very traditional with traditional vows and was a Christian service. I was surprised and pleased by the emphasis on Jesus Christ during the whole service. I thought the message was very good for this young couple and the world to hear. It brought with it a little hope and was a ray of light in the darkness this world is greatly experiencing. A glimpse of hope and taste of hope in this world of chaos. Wish those who were not interested in viewing it would have. I literally found the experience to be a spiritual blessing! Praise the Lord! On a rather dreary overcast day, the sun came out at the very moment Kate walked over the threshold and into the church!