Observations

After recently visiting New York, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, as well as other States, I’ve collected some scattered observations which I’d like to share with you.

  • Most drivers think turn-signals are warning lights.
  • Most drivers don’t text while they drive; they drive while texting.
  • I’ve concluded that more Christians bring their pets to work than bring Jesus to work.
  • While on my trip, I received more help from niche culture groups than any other discernible group. More often, they seem to act on their concern for others. Ouch!

Paraphrasing a Christian musician that’s gone on to Glory:

If you become a Christian in Pakistan, your parents will stone you.
If you become a Christian in India, your parents will disown you.
If you become a Christian in China, everyone says they’ve never known you.
If you become a Christian in America, telemarketers will phone you.

Survey Says!

From a national survey, the percentage of Americans that identified themselves as Christian:

  • 86% in 1990
  • 81.6% in 2001
  • 78%  in 2012
  • ??? in 2020

From what I saw, heard, read, and observed, we have allowed society to cast Christians as either a bunch of wealthy executives paying unfair wages while supporting anti-social legislation or poor illiterates that just don’t know any better. With 2+ billion people in the world that claim to be Christian, I’m sure there are many Christians between those two extremes.

Each day of our vacation I let the problems of that day wash past me like the waves in the Atlantic that washed past my son while he stood on the Rhode Island shore. Every wave was unique in its depth, duration, and pattern. Yet each was easily discernible as a wave.

Problems are like waves. Countless problems have come before my son stood on that shore and countless more will come after he leaves. So, as Jesus said, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34 ESV)

I have tried to teach my kids that worry is worthless. Deal with the problems you’re facing today but don’t wish what might have been and don’t leave Jesus out of what will be. God is the “I AM”. As He is, so then should we be.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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