Archive for July 20, 2008

The Fair is Back in Town

I joked around tonight about having to budget a couple of hundred dollars a year for the Elkhart County 4-H fair.  It’s one of the largest in the nation, and we usually go a few times while it’s open for business.  We took the kids to watch the fair parade with my sister’s family.  Brielle and Bryce did really well.  They liked the tractors, and the horses.  They got tons of candy and a few balloons.

We also saw a couple of vehicles with some Amish looking people in them yelling about repenting and lukewarm people being spit out of God’s mouths.  They had signs on their cars about people that marry divorced women being adulterers, and that being rich is a sin.  Etc., etc.  Very judgmental passages without any context.

Being Christians ourselves, and having been raised reading, studying, and understanding the bible, we think we have a pretty good foundation to say that they weren’t being effective in their ministry to non-believers.  In fact, it made me uncomfortable, embarrassed, and angry!  The man was yelling so angrily and judgmentally, and they were dressed in the typical “religious” way, showing that they were very concerned about their outward appearance and taking being “not of this world” very seriously, and to the extreme.  Anyway, that was my highlight of the parade.  Righteous anger at a group of Christians doing more harm than good in showing God’s love.  There is a time and a place for calling people to repentance, I just don’t believe they did it correctly.

Anyhow, after the parade we went to the fair, and Brielle loved seeing all the animals.  We ate like pigs, and walked for hours.  We saw tons of people we knew, since our youth group meeting was canceled so the group could go to see Nicole C. Mullen, a Christian singer, perform in the free grandstand.  There was no admission today, so the place was packed, and probably 90 degrees on the asphalt.  We had a lot of fun though.  Brielle got to ride the Merry-Go-Round and Kiddie Train, boy, she was in heaven.  Bryce was very well behaved as well.

And we are exhausted.  Having fun is hard work when you have two little kids…but it’s totally worth it.