I learned something interesting as I was watching a documentary about Border Patrol last night. Drug smugglers from Mexico will use people who want to come to America as distractions for the border patrol agents to allow themselves a window to get their illegal imports across the border. They send people across with a people smuggler and watch from the Mexican side how the patrol officers find them, where they come from, how they catch the illegal aliens, and then use that information to cross undetected.
I thought of a friend of mine, who is a magician (http://tru-magic.com). He uses entertaining stories to distract his audience from whats really going on. A simple waving of his hand, or making eye contact at just the right moment, delivering a punch line, these are the tools he uses to create the illusion of magic. Distractions…
Yesterday I got an email from an old high school friend informing me that she was no longer going to accept the new gold dollar because the words “In God We Trust” have been moved to the edge of the coin instead of on the face or the back as in previous versions. This fact was brought to the attention of many people when the US Treasury mistakenly minted several coins without the inscription on even the edge. This upset many Christians and has resulted in several angry emails and email chains like the one I got today. My friend didn’t seem angry, just adamant in Her decision to expressly not use the new dollar.
Not to pick on my friend, but think about that for a moment. There are Christians who have decided to ‘take-a-stand’ for God by refusing to use the new dollar coin. I began to consider how they would make this stand. Images of gas station clerks standing baffled as some stranger explains to them why they won’t except those ungodly coins as change come to mind. Are we really so distracted from the great commission that this is what we allow to pass as taking a stand?
The enemy has sent distractions across our borders and is watching us react, all while moving undetected in the process. We are watching the left hand, while the right hand is doing that thing we needed to see. I don’t believe we should ignore the attack on our faith in matters such as the inscription on a coin, or “under God” being removed from our pledge, or the Ten Commandments being removed from our court house walls, anymore than I believe the border patrol should ignore illegal immigrants crossing the border. But aren’t these things simply symptoms of the problem? Isn’t there a better way to spread this Gospel than refusing to accept a coin? We are focused on the left hand when our attention should be on the right. Wouldn’t it be great if we actually showed people how to live the montra “In God we trust” instead of demanding it be printed their coins?