This post is either going to be very out of place for you, or else totally directed at you. I just wanted to put out the welcome mat for anyone who found this site through Pokémon Go. I really try to dedicate this site to the glory of God, and I try to bring that passion into every aspect of my life – including Pokémon Go, which is where some of my readers first learned this site’s address. Anything you dedicate to God, God will use… did you know I once found – and was able to aid – a house on fire, because I was chasing a Pokémon that way? God works all things together for His good – even silly games and imaginary creatures.
Now, for those of y’all reading this in real time, dust off your phone, reload the Pokémon Go app you deleted in 2016, and go play! This is GoFest weekend! Lots of cool events. I know this part has nothing to do with Jesus, but… it’s still a really good game!
Prayer works. Nightfall is coming. If you believe in the power of prayer, pray NOW. I don’t normally jump on any sort of bandwagon, but fires are about to be lit and people are about to die in this nation’s capitol. We’ve had three nights of violence. Pray for peace. Pray for genuine peace and healing, believing that prayers are answered. It’s not a dream, we do have the power to help other people, even people many miles away. It is the exact time to begin using that power.
While we’re in the middle of a plague scare, I want to take a moment to set straight something: John Allen Chau was not the first person to visit the North Sentinel islanders. He was more like the 500th person. People who had interacted with the natives included National Geographic, when they made an entire documentary of them in the 1970’s, or the anthropologists who were photographed exchanging food and gifts with them in the 1990’s, or the government contractor that lived on the island for 18 months and regularly interacted with the natives. Not a conspiracy, the government of India has openly admitted that they discouraged publication of images of peaceful interaction with the natives, over fears that criminals would flee there to avoid prosecution. Chau took extensive measures over the course of a year to vaccinate and self-quarantine — far more, it should be noted, than the government officials who had been visiting the island every year to check on the natives. The press disgraced him post-mortem with lies and exaggerations. Wherever you may stand on Christianity, the man came unarmed, preaching a peaceful message, practiced distancing, and avoided spreading disease. The only life he jeopardized was his own.