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August 3, 2017, 11:52 AM

Enchanted Vacation

This is a long one, but it will make up for missing last week. My family recently had the experience of visiting one of the world famous vacation destinations.  It will probably be a “once in a lifetime” type thing, but at least we can now say we have done it.   It was a great time as a family and we feel blessed to have been able to go to Disney World.  I must admit, there were many things that caught me by surprise and I found myself repeating the phrase, “We ain’t in East Texas anymore.”  It wasn’t bad, just different.  Having experienced some of the trappings of visiting Disney, I am pleased to say that the highlight of our vacation was a morning spent on the beach, witnessing the glory of God’s creation and being held captive by the majestic beauty of a sunset.  God’s creation is by far greater than anything Walt ever came up with.  Forgive me as I tarry from the point in which I intend to present.  As we hustled and bustled through the parks each day trying to squeeze in as many things as we could, a thought occurred to me.  Actually it was more than one thought and now I share them with you.  I began to wonder how many people were there, among literally thousands of other people, who don’t go to church because they don’t do well with crowds.  Or, of all the people dressed from head to toe in Disney themed garments and accessories, but don’t go to church because they don’t want to have to dress a certain way.  Also, those who readily dish out exorbitant amounts of money, (nothing is free at Disney. A penny cost 51 cents.) at the many places readily available to take it from them, but won’t come to church because all the church wants is their money.  And what about those who will stand in line for up to 5 hours in the heat to enjoy a 5 minute 3D attraction, but can’t seem to force themselves to attend an hour long worship service sitting in an air conditioned building on soft pews.  Lastly, and my favorite, those who set their agenda around being able to see, take pictures with, get autographs from, and have dinner with people dressed up as Disney characters. Some of whom wear mouse, duck, and dog costumes or are from a galaxy far, far away that doesn’t exist.  Yet those same people won’t go to church because the church has too many fake people and hypocrites. It is a sad thing to see when people will embrace an enchanted, fairytale kingdom but reject the Kingdom of God. 


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