A Horse is A Horse of Course of Course?

Mr. Ed

(click on the lyrics to listen)

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.

Go right to the source and ask the horse
He’ll give you the answer that you’ll endorse.
He’s always on a steady course.
Talk to Mr. Ed.

People yakkity yak a streak and waste your time of day
But Mister Ed will never speak unless he has something to say.

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And this one’ll talk ’til his voice is hoarse.
You never heard of a talking horse?

Well listen to this.

I am Mister Ed.

You can stop singing now.  Tell me you weren’t humming and singing this song as you were reading the lyrics.  Of course of course you were (pun intended).  I love this song.  There’s no mistake here, Mr. Ed is a horse.  He looks like a horse, he eats like a horse, he smells like a horse, he has horseshoes like a horse, but…something just isn’t right.  What could it be???  Hmmmm?  As I ponder in semi-deep thought, I have to wonder to myself, “Self, what is wrong with this Mr. Ed/horse picture???”  Maybe…nah….well,…maybe, YES, just maybe it’s because…

HORSES DON’T TALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everything about Mr. Ed seems right except the one thing that clearly sticks out and screams, “THIS IS NOT NORMAL.  I REPEAT, THIS IS NOT NORMAL!”  But when we watch the show we’re entertained with the abnormality of a horse talking that we soon accept the abnormality as a normal part of the show.  The obsurdity fades and Mr. Ed is now the horse that talks, everyone knows that!  We don’t think twice about accepting the fact that Mr. Ed can talk to humans.  It is now a normal expectation every time we tune-in.

Let me be very clear before you decide to send hate-mail.  I love Mr. Ed, I don’t think he is evil, but I do think he probably ingested way too much peanut butter during filming.  Peanut butter is not evil either.  OK.  I think I covered my bases.  I want to ask you this; how do you see the church?  Think about this because its of great importance to your life and your witness.  How do you see the church?  Because how you see the church will determine how you speak about the church, how you operate in the church, and how you understand what God desires from the church.  Do you see the church like you see Mr. Ed?  Do you look at the church you attend and notice that it looks like a church, it operates like a church, it smells like a church, and it feels like a church, but something…something is just not right?  Have you noticed that something is just not right, but have accepted the identified or unidentified abnormality and just made it a normal part of your life?  Are you being spoon-fed at church to the point of being unchallenged in your walk with Christ and the Great Commission?  Try tasting baby food now that you’re an adult and allow it to remind you of remaining stagnant in your spiritual walk and then email me and let me know how it tasted.  🙂

A church has a pulse. It breathes, moves, and operates according to the Spirit of God and not the spirit of self. A church is a person who is a fully devoted follower of Christ. A church is a person whose faith is weak, but has trusted in Christ in surrender. A church is a person whose life takes 3rd place behind God and others.  A bunch of churches is collectively THE church of God, one body, one Spirit. A church was never intended to exist for its own well-being, but the well-being of others and through loving others before itself, glorifying the Lord Jesus who gave Himself for the sake of others, great and small, strong and weak, righteous …and wicked. Is your church THE church or a building with man-made inspiration?  Is your church like Mr. Ed or is it simply a horse, all that it was meant to be…nothing more, nothing less?…of course of course.

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