A great friend of my just sent me a link to a blog written by the lead pastor of Revolution Church in Canton Georgia. Gary Lamb’s Dirty Harry style response to their recently stolen trailer is incredibly ballsy. Below is that post. Enjoy!
I got a call this morning from Adam letting me know he was at the movie theater and our black trailer was not there. After calling everyone who could have possibly moved it and calling the city to make sure they didn’t tow it for some weird reason, we realized it has been stolen. Needless to say that wasn’t the phone call I wanted to hear this morning.
That trailer contains most of our children’s stuff that we set up in the hall and most of our sign-in equipment, along with lights and a bunch of other things. The stuff we keep in there is pretty vital to the work we do on Sunday mornings. After the initial shock wore off, I thought about www.onelifechurch.tv and how they had a trailer stolen a few months ago and how they responded. You can check that out here. They did a video talking about how they forgave the person, how they loved them, and invited them to church. It was cool and I am glad that is how they handled the situation. We’ve chosen to handle it a little different.
So I’ve been thinking for a few hours how I would respond and I thought I would send my own message to the people who stole our trailer…..Revolution style.
To the people who stole our trailer:
First let me say, God loves you. Second let me say we forgive you. We really don’t want to forgive you, but God says we should so we do. Third of all I want you to know that I think you are scum bags. I think you are lowlife degenerates who need a good butt kicking. Matter of fact I feel so strongly about the fact that you need a good butt kicking that I am volunteering to do it. I hope you believe in God because you should get on your knees and cry out to Him like never before because if we find you, I can promise we will kick the crap out of you. It won’t be pretty, it won’t be over quickly, and it will be very painful. I know that doesn’t sound very nice but I feel pretty strongly that is what you need.
I am curious what kind of lowlife you must be? Trust me, I have been around some pretty low ones before but never one that would be so low as to steal from a church. I understand you probably need some crack or something like that but stealing from a church would scare me. It would scare me more once I realized which church I stole it from. We are probably the only church you have ever heard of that will honestly break your legs once you are found.
Let me say again that we DO forgive you. But there are still consequences for your sin and your consequence will be toting a butt kicking. It is obvious you aren’t very smart so let me give you some advice. Get that trailer out of the county QUICK. As soon as I hit publish on this blog post a church of about 1000 crazy people will know that our black, children’s trailer has been stolen and I can promise they will be on the lookout for it. You would much rather me find you then one of them.
Lead Pastor, Revolution Church