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Today… well, scratch that… TONIGHT is when many families gallivant from house to house begging for candy. Others, more paranoid, go to malls or the ubiquitous “Fall Festivals”. Safer, but no more of a beating.

And then there are those fools who use this night to express misguided angst under the cloak of religion. That’s about all it gets credited as… the vandals, the criminal activity, the sacrifices. Oh, did I get your attention now?

The point is this is a real day, one not granted for peace and love. Rather, the rumor mill is a little more of a fact clearinghouse. The witches, the skulls, the dismay – all there, all true.

I have lil’ Wall Watchers, so I give them some fun and not play the legalism blues. However, what they know and what I know are two different things. What do you know? Check the video… a little Cross Eyed evangelism early, if you will.

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam... into perpetuity

It was one of those days when everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when the World Trade Center towers plummeted to the ground that fateful day on September 11, 2001.

I lost a few friends – both in working circles and a boy in blue. Maybe you did too?

So… have you forgotten?

Many people have opinions, and like a hole in your butt, most stink. Even more people have a story, grueling to tell and chilling to hear.

But do you know, or have your forgotten, the stark numbers behind the day known for only its own numbers?

New York Magazine created the rundown list, which quite honestly, should be the only math people do today.

That amazing list is a stark reminder of those we lost, the pain it caused and the grief that still exists to this day. Again, remember?

When you have time, Wall Watchers. pray – for our great country, our civil servants in uniform who sacrifice their lives daily, our president and leaders of state, and our holistic protection.

And in case, you – like so, so many in this country have forgot – this day shouldn’t spark political debate but moments of silence. Dispel of the pointing of fingers and decide to give someone a hand. Ignore those dolts who find pleasure in controversy and focus on those who are still dealing with the pain.

In other words, never forget. Never. God bless America. Remember?

Typically, I’ll pontificate, ruminate or even gesticulate (although you can’t see that part) prior to sharing the headline.

Not this time.

I mean, I can’t. There’s nothing to say other than using the old, not-so-biblical axiom, “The Lord works in mysterious ways.”

This story from LoHud.com (NYC’s Lower Hudson Valley) has the makings of a scene from a Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer film. [Cue harp music]

He sure did in this case

He sure did in this case

There’s this cab driver in Mount Vernon, New York getting the saliva choked clean out of him by his fare.

The poor driver loses control, probably from unconsciousness, and plows clean through… wait for it… the River Jordan Holy Tabernacle Church.

What happens after he careens into the choir loft and dunks his Crown Victoria in the baptismal is nothing short of post-apocalyptic.

While investigating the incident, police discovered four adults and a 3-year-old girl inside the locked church. “What scares us about this is that the church was all locked down from the outside, so there was no means of getting out of the church for these four adults and the child,” [Police Commissioner David] Chong said.

So, why were these folk having a church lock-in – by themselves?!

According to yet another story by LoHud.com, worshipping, of course. At 2 a.m. And with all the doors locked. Oh, and with a frickin’ three-year-old inside.

It was a prayer meeting – part of our religion,” said June Delgado, who called The Journal News to say she was among the five inside. “We get together and pray. Based on the individuals, sometimes that prayer meeting prolongs.”

Well, unless you are chanting like a Shaman, blowing incense all over the place, you’re full of more mess than a Christmas turkey. In other words, I call bull but only these keystone cops will determine the real deal.

So, go get ’em, Commissioner Chong.

And no, Cheech was not available for comment due to the fact he was half-baked driving a van made of hippie lettuce.

It’s no secret that folk get uncomfortable when a pastor preaches for the altar call.

I mean, people get all squirmy thinking about the night before at the club and conviction besets paranoia with thoughts like, “I just know Pastor saw me there last night” and “God probably told him I was there.”

Whatever the cause, the effect is people flocking to the stage to get their lives right with Christ. Good times, right?

Funny. I don't see many 'happy' satanists or atheists. Hrm.

Funny. I don't many happy satanists or atheists. Hrm.

Well, not so much according to a recent Pew poll that folk just don’t believe in hell like they used to do.

Only 59% of Americans believe in hell, compared with 74% who believe in heaven, according to the recent surveys from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

That makes sense. Believing in heaven despite a relationship with Christ means you may still get to hang out by the Pearly Gates. No sweat, so back to the crack house you go. However, people don’t want to believe in hell because what if… you know, we’re right and they’re not. Whoops.

So, why aren’t more pastors preaching those cherished brimstone messages of yesteryear? It’s just not “in”?

The Rev. Fred Johns, pastor of Brookview Wesleyan Church in Irondale, Ala., said after a workshop discussion of hell that pastors do shy away from the topic of everlasting damnation. “It’s out of fear we’ll not appear relevant,” he said. “It’s pressure from the culture to not speak anything negative. I think we’ve begun to deny hell. There’s an assumption that everybody’s going to make it to heaven somehow.”

Somewhere, Carlton Pearson is giggling like a schoolgirl who got checked “Yes” in study hall for the quiz, “Do you like me?”

MEMO to pastors: You aren’t denying hell. You are avoiding it. And, inadvertently, leading others to it.

You know dang skippy no one changed the scriptures while you slept through seminary. Heaven is still coming with Jesus, and hell is still a place to get the worst sunburn in history.

This isn’t fashion that is “in” one day and “out” the next. It’s never Labor Day with Jesus and you can wear your whites all year long, brother. So, why?

A-ha! G’head. Admit it, you Caspar Milquetoast clock-punchers. It’s the economy, right?

The more you preach folk at the crossroads of heaven or hell, you are at another crux in the road of getting their tithe or watching that check walk out the door.

Call it what you want, emergent pastorer, psychopablum pulpiteersuh, you know who you are (and we do too).

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Exit this post and turn left...

From Sheol to Hades, Gehenna to Tartarus. Even “the pit” if that knocks your socks off and gives you reprieve from your pastoral obligations.

Whatever you call it, just beware:

But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away (Isaiah 64:6 NKJV).

I hope that sticks because no matter how good you look on TV, you are only as pretty as the last sinner you yanked out of the muck and the mire.

That’s the evidence of your global ministry – the people.

Maybe that’s why your righteousness should be like “filthy rags.” If you are doing God’s work, you are busy polishing off all the dirt on folks’ lives. Just a thought.

Oh, and if you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, call on him.

He loves you. He died for you. He lives for you now. Forget what you don’t hear in church. Just hear the knock on your heart… and let him in. Peace.

“Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now? The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day.”

Rev. Dr. Billy Graham

If any eyes has seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, it's his.

If any eyes has seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, it's his.

Very few people alive can ever find true inspiration from their own words. Regretfully, that’s the case with the most esteemed and recognized statesman of the Church in the 20th century, Billy Graham.

As a nonagenarian, things will fade. It’s expected. Only, not with Rev. Graham. His legacy is his life… and ours for the viewing. He is one of those people you would expect to escort Jesus back to earth upon rapture.

However, that’s not to be the case, per his friend and fellow man of the cloth, Jack Hayford.

In a recent interview with Minnesota’s KTIS Radio, Rev. Jack Hayford said Graham ‘can hardly talk now.’ You can understand him, but he could not get up and speak before a group,” Hayford explained.

Heartbreaking. According to the story, his long-time spokesperson and personal friend, A. Larry Ross, notes Graham is “does have bouts of weakness, but is lucid and remains interested in current events.”

I’m sure he does still ask about politics, religion and about the weather, but all that begs the question (in all seriousness):

Do you pray for healing for a 92-year-old preacher who has clearly done his work for the Lord, or just hope the Holy Spirit allows Graham some peace as he goes home?

In my life, I have known of anointed people taken from us way too early and others who are so old they sat behind Jesus in study hall. Yet, my experience with them was within years of going home to be with the Lord.

I, like most of faith-based Americans, feel like they grew up with Rev. Graham. And then there are those like Hayford and Ross (Larry, if you’re reading… I’m praying for you, my friend), who actually have.

So, do you pray? Do you just wait for the headlines? Or, do you just wait and see? What do you do?

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15 ESV)

With death of the saints being precious, can you imagine the hullabaloo Rev. Graham’s passing would cause in heaven?

Heck, a sizable portion of folks on the good side of pearly gates are probably there because of one of his crusades.

That said, is it selfish to pray for Billy Graham to stay or more of a godly thing to let him go? I don’t know but if he could talk, what would he say about the quality of his days now?

Godspeed, Billy Graham. After you, there will an infinite chasm in the Church that will never be filled.