Hand Sanitizer is the Devil

Did you know, that hand sanitizers are the devil? That’s right. First off, some sanitizers claim to kill 99.99% germs. However, did you know that some of those germs on your hands are actually friendly? These beneficial germs eat other germs to help keep you healthy. Which means these sanitizers weakens your immune system, both by killing these friendly germs and by not allowing your body to be naturally exposed to others.

Additionally, if these sanitizers only kill 99.99% of germs, that means there’s a 0.01% population which is not killed, and is allowed to grow and grow because they are immune to the hand sanitizers. Which means stronger sanitizers will need to be invented to kill them, and there’ll be a new 0.01% that’ll exist, which will need a stronger sanitizer to kill them. This back and forth will continue, creating super germs. Which means you may be dooming your great-great-great-grandkids to a death by the common cold, because of how we have influenced germs to adapt.

(Also, as a friend of mine pointed out, if hand sanitizers only kill germs, that means you now have dead germs on your hands, which will never leave unless you wash them, making the purpose of hand sanitizers pointless.) Continue reading

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Faith, Love, and Pride

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

In the fifth century, a monk by the name of Telemachus believed he had heard a voice that had told him to leave his home in Asia and to travel to Rome. Spurred by this calling, Telemachus left. While visiting the crown of the Roman Empire, he followed a crowd into the Colosseum. There, he witnessed two gladiators who were fighting in the ring, and Telemachus was horrified by what he saw. He jumped over the wall that separated the crowd from the fight and tried to get between the two men to stop them, shouting three times, “In the name of Christ, stop!” But despite his words, the man was run through with a sword, and was then stoned to death by the angry crowd who didn’t want their entertainment to be interrupted.

But Telemachus’ death did not go unnoticed, for it touched the heart of the watching emperor. Impacted by the saint’s death, Emperor Honorius then issued a ban that ceased all gladiator fights within Rome.

The story of St. Telemachus is aspiring. And though there are differing details in the stories of his legend, which make it difficult to know exactly what happened, one thing remains constant: Telemachus was a man who was struck to the heart by the violence of the gladiators, and he was willing to sacrifice his own life to make a difference. Telemachus was willing to follow the example of his Savior, who had sacrificed himself upon a cross to save the world, and to give up what he could not get back, in order to show love and compassion.

Even today, the stories of Jesus and Telemachus are amazing, and should be stories we keep in the back of our own minds as we make our own statements. For too often, we let our pride get in our way and worry more about being right than being love. Continue reading

Samson: Identity Crisis

If I asked you right now who your favorite judge is from the Bible, who would you answer with? Ehud, Deborah, Gideon, Samuel? Though some of you may answer with some of these names or others, I bet the majority of you would answer with Samson. But why?

Samson seems to be the most popular judge of the Bible, being the current star on stage for Branson’s Sight & Sound Theatre and having his own movie which came out earlier this year. Though Samson did some pretty awesome and miraculous deeds, such as slaying 1,000 Philistines with only a jawbone of a donkey (Judges 15), Samson really wasn’t a great role model, which is often overlooked or downplayed. Pureflix‘s portrayal of the judge in their recent film, Samson, is an example of this. The movie having Samson tricked to drink wine at his wedding by a Philistine, and being tricked by an innkeeper to enter her brothel, with the misconception that it’s a place of rest and prayer. The movie portrays Samson to be a much more spiritual man than who the Bible describes him to be, as the YouTuber Kevin points out in his review of the film on his channel, Say Goodnight Kevin. Yes, Samson was a judge of Israel and he was used by God, but that doesn’t mean that Samson was morally sound. Continue reading

Traditions

I had the privilege last night, to see the opening performance of our community theatre’s presentation, of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The performance was tremendous! filled with the amazing talents of many skilled Rolla actors and singers. It was also cool getting to see one of the teens in our youth group dance while balancing a bottle on his head, and another had some mad skills with a spotlight.

The play also stirred up fond memories as I watched and sung to it, for “Fiddler” was the first play I had participated in while I was in high school. . . . The story centers around the Jewish father Tevye, who struggles to keep his traditions in 1905 Russia, as his three oldest daughters pursue marriages for love. Each marriage bending Tevye further and further from his customs. The play ending with an edict forcing Tevye, his family, and the other Jews to leave their village of Anatevka. Continue reading

All of Me

Unlike my favorite book and my favorite movies, my favorite song does not stay consistent. But one thing which is consistent about it, is that it usually changes every three months. Two reasons for this, is because one, I usually listen and listen and listen to it, until I burn myself out. And two, because my life changes; therefore, different lyrics tend to speak louder at different times, depending on my mood and what I’m going through.

At the moment, my favorite song is Ashes Remain’s “All of Me.” A song that spoke loudly to me when I heard it on the radio. A song that has become an anthem for my life. And a song that I’d like to share with you:

Business Wastes Time

Last Monday, I was driving home from a football game. After having an amazing time laughing and joking with a neat family from my congregation, and cheering for their son–witnessing the Bulldogs defeat the Tigers! I was hungry, and thinking of all the things that I needed to get done tomorrow. I figured I could save some time, if I made a quick stop to the bank that night to load my portable ATM with some cash–then, I would have more time tomorrow to do the other one thousand things that I had planned.

Under the cloudy, dark sky, I pulled into town, and inserted my debit card into the bank’s ATM. Being in a rush, I was planning where I was going to grab a fast-food dinner, as I was clicking options on the screen.

Dairy Queen, I decided, as I grabbed the Jackson and my receipt before driving away. Continue reading