While we wait…

Posted: 21 February 2011 in Ramblings

..we’re given things to do which enrich our understanding of what we wait for. Having spent two years with one international on-line gaming community as a server admin and unofficial chaplain, I have become involved with a beloved group of brothers-in-arms in a separate gaming ‘clan’. While we wait…

…we’re led into new places in which to gain our enrichment. I’ve been with ‘the church’* [note my small ‘c’] for just short of a year now and have found friendships amidst men who have become dear to me. ‘The church’ is not a Christian congregation, nor are all her members necessarily believers in my Lord Jesus Christ, yet they welcomed me into their midst and created an official ‘Chaplain’ position for ‘Worf’.  Since then, God continues to work through them by illustrating the need which is ever-present among internet communities. A need for the Gospel to be shared as a way of life without requirement for ‘pay back’. (Romans 3:28)  While we wait…

…we guided into the midst of others who portray the need we seek to fill.  The history of ‘the church’ won’t be shared here. Suffice it to say that her members are all either active military, military veterans or military retirees with a few exceptions. Besides service to their country, they also share an interest in simulated combat situations. Their vocabulary would cause most folks’ mothers’ hair to over-curl or perhaps fall out, plus their banter amongst themselves is typical of those whose lives have been forever changed (improved?) by a stay in the military. Their humor may be seen, by some, as…warped…. but when it is set aside, there is a camaraderie which can ONLY be found amongst those who have served as our nation’s finest example of selfless people.  Finally, while we wait…

…God continues to use us in ways we may not understand.  As I describe ‘the church’ to believing friends, some suggest that I find a “more wholesome” place to enjoy my gaming hobby. There are even some in ‘the church’ who have asked me why I, as one in the ministry, want to hang around those who know they’re lost and forsaken. One asked, “Aren’t you afraid for your soul hanging around us?” My response? The words of our Savior Jesus Christ, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)

Soli Deo Gloria

*more about ‘the church’ at a later time

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