Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Weddings, Seminaries, Ghettos & Planned Parenthood

My wife and I (aren't we cute) travelled to Dallas-Ft. Worth this weekend for the wedding of a friend's daughter. The wedding was held in the Riley Center on Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary campus. It was a simple and beautiful wedding. We had a good time with friends who are as close as family, and then did a little road-tripping on the way home. I wanted to see Bonton Farms (see pic below) a Christian community renewal project in one of the worst neighborhoods in Dallas. It's a garden/farm that was started on an empty lot. So, we stumbled around a very poor, almost exclusively black neighborhood till we found the farm. I am praying God would use me/us to begin something like this in our community.We then travelled through upper and lower class neighborhoods to reach the Dallas Arboretum, spent a couple of hours enjoying the beauty. Finally, we stopped at a huge Buccees between Forney and Terrell, Texas.

Here are some observations:
1. Simple weddings are much less stressful than elaborate ones, but fathers still have to give away their daughters.
2. Religious education is invaluable, but also insufficient to change the heart of man (only the Gospel is sufficient).
3. Issues regarding race and ethnicity are not limited to any race, education level, religious affiliation, or lack thereof.
4. It's a long way from the seminary to the ghetto.
5. If the Arboretum is any indication of the composition of our society, Americans (both business people and pastors) had better learn to speak several additional languages.
6. Planned Parenthood and many of their supporters are liars. They are not almost exclusively located in lower-class neighborhoods where women can find access to healthcare. Every Planned Parenthood center we saw (two of them) were located in middle to upper-class neighborhoods near hospitals.
7. Most Americans have sacrificed their souls to gain the world, and beef jerky.

The last observations is based strictly on our trip to Buc-ee's in Terrell (the pic is the inside). It is a convenience store that is the size of our old Walmart (I am not lying). It has 84 gas pumps. It has a meat counter selling mostly jerky and sausage that is bigger than the meat counter at either of the grocery stores in our town. It has a gift section bigger than the Nichol's department store here. It's bathrooms are as big as my house. My wife asked, "With this kind of overhead, do you think they can make it." "Well," I said as we looked at well over a hundred people shopping, "look at how packed out it is."  By the way, I tried the banana pudding. It wasn't worth it, but the coffee was good. I didn't buy any jerky. I just couldn't decide which of the 16 varieties I wanted.