I do enjoy this world of oxymoron-ic images. Beautiful contradictions of near epic proportions are found everywhere. A perfect example is the recent GIECO commercial featuring a Sumo Figure Skater.. where this big, shirtless bruiser drifts across a frozen rink in his traditional diaper-like garb. The judges and audience look upon him with quiet awe. "A sumo wrester figure skating? Surprising.
What's not surprising? How much money you could save by switching to GEICO."
Well inspired by this GIECO sales pitch leads The Back Pew to share a head banging Heavy Metal Yodeler. "Heavy Metal Yodeling?
Surprising. What's not surprising? How long ETERNITY is." So live this life with eternity in mind.
What's not surprising? God created this world and hung it in an endless universe all with order and purpose from the farthest star to the intricacies and wonder that make up each one of us (body, mind, and spirit).
We are created in the image of God!
Ok, 'maybe' not surprising.. it is truly AMAZING. is the creator of all things is also our personal and loving Heavenly Father not a lesser deity indifferent to our circumstances.
Shall I go on? Let's attend a 'Virtual Church' in our PJs, usher at a lady bikers church,.. or resort to VOO-DOO dolls to remove that pastor that just won't go on his own.
All of these also are both Strange and Surprising.
What's not surprising? Jesus Christ died on the cross, and rose from the grave for our sins because this is the demonstration and completion of God's perfect love.
In conclusion while you may find my Back Pew attempts at blending faith and humor.. Surprising. In fact the writing of this blog is not your normal collection of thoughts for Christian humor and may be even described as peculiar.. BUT
I pray what you find NOT surprising is the Gospel Truth of our God whose perfect Love & Grace is real and personal for each of us. Don't be surprised, be AMAZED.
Jeffrey (Surprised) Larson
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson