On March 7, 2008 Justin Roper received a phone call reporting that some of our stuff (and his stuff) had been dumped off of Freedom Drive. After further investigation, the dumped contents was Justin’s band’s merch as well as Kinetic’s Bibles and Communion supplies.
This afternoon, I swung by with my camera. Here are a few photos of the scene. (it hadn’t changed much in 10 days)
For some reason, to see the bibles like that crushes me. I think I had this grand thought that “they” were reading them and trying to figure out how in the world they could un-do what “they” had done. I think I wanted to believe it was a mistake, that “they” were sorry, and that this whole thing was God’s way of delivering them to Him and blessing us by letting us see that HE is with US (a collectivev whole, as a church), not with our stuff. Not that destroyed bibles means those things aren’t true, but it certainly makes it all look and feel so very different. Anything but the bibles would have preserved many of these thoughts for me. Maybe this is God working on me letting me know that I need to study up on His grace a bit more to be able to give it as He does. I still believe that this is a God thing… I still believe this has blessed our church, as a body, tremendously. How often do you get to see that your church family is truly a family that worships together in fellowship and love… not for the stuff and fluff, but the real deal?
I hold fast to grand hopes for “them” listening to God’s stirring in their hearts. I pray that “they” listen to Him. Not for our stuff, but for their salvation and so “they” may know Him.
Been enjoying your billboards on I-85 on my way to work @ the airport and back. Your approach is fresh and “ballsy”. You’ve definitely caught the public’s attention. I’m anxious to see what your follow-up will be. You can turn this towards God’s glory… or not … your public awaits!
it sounds weird to say “good pictures” but i’ll say it anyway. the shots really bring the picture to life, which seems to be no concern for what “they” had done. my prayer is that “they” kept at least one of the bibles.
you know we would help but are as poor off as any. kinetic is in our prayers, and, you know i’m good for it, dave! ha, ha.
carry on my friend,