It’s been a crazy two days for Childress county. The tired folks that did all the counting came up with three different final numbers three different times. Finally yesterday afternoon they officially said going wet passed by seven votes. Tuesday night it was 47 votes then early Wednesday morning it was 2 votes, now it’s 7. Everyone has been saying that it’s like we’re living the Miami-Dade 2000 presidential elections all over again. Remember the story of hanging chads and not knowing who the president was going to be for weeks?
I’m already tired of talking about last Tuesday’s vote. Had I not promised you yesterday that I’d tell you about getting called a name, I would have skipped this altogether.
I found the following quote in the “comments” section of this story about the Childress wet verses dry issue. Here’s the quote about those who were against going wet.
“When you have a group of people in a community that do not allow it to grow the town will die. Alcohol is not the issue here, it is a close minded religious sect that attempts to impose their beliefs on everyone.”
Ouch. I never thought of myself as being a part of a close minded religious sect. Funny thing is 98% of all the people in Childress, Texas considers themselves to be a “Christian” or “Religious,” but because you choose to vote “no” you immediately become part of a, “close minded religious sect that attempts to impose their beliefs on everyone.” Interesting.
For a very brief second when I read it, my feelings were hurt, and then I remembered this.
I had a little fun with the sermon this last week. Believe it or not, it’s okay to have a little fun in a sermon. I started a new series called “So Easy a Caveman Could Do It!” And no, I didn’t dress up like a caveman. It deals with the fact that so many times we take things God intended to be easy and make them difficult. If we’d just do things like God wanted us to instead of complicating things … our lives would be much simpler. So this past Sunday’s lesson was “Doing Good – So Easy a Caveman Could Do It.” Stop by here and listen if you want. Next week I’m doing “Salvation – So Easy a Caveman Could Do It.”
One of the coolest things about having a blog is I get to meet so many people. I love getting an email from people and getting to know them better. I’ve been blessed over the last couple of weeks with a bunch of new friends dropping me a line. I heard from a guy named Clyde this morning. Looks like he’s got a great blog, so I can’t wait to add him to the blog roll. Ran into my old friend Jamie yesterday. I hadn’t seen the guy since we were in school together about 20 years ago, and then I opened my email and there he was. Too cool. Shawn, my old youth minister, emailed me about two weeks ago. I’ve loved catching up with him and may even get to go spend a weekend with him very soon. Then there’s sweet Beverly from Georgia and Raja from India, and I can’t leave out Steven, Douglas, Caleta, David, Kathy and Susie. All who I’ve met in just the last couple of weeks. Blogging has been amazing, and I’ve enjoyed all the new acquaintances and old friends.