From the Pastor,
A friend of mine in public education sent me an e-mail about a student he’d be receiving in his class this year named Lucifer. That’s his first name and it’s not a nickname. The mom has an assortment of kids named Damion, Valeck (not sure of spelling), and a child named after a vampire character from some 80s book or TV show. The mother has a pentagram on her hand, and the child’s teacher the year before tried to talk to her about calling him anything other than Lucifer, but she insisted on that name. Obviously my friend didn’t want to be stuck using that name for nine months, so we’ve been e-mailing back-and-forth this week about the situation.
Our e-mails were taking place in the middle of VBS, which really had me thinking of the literal battle that’s going on. Here’s what I mean: in my opinion, VBS is about winning children to Christ, but at the same time Satan is looking for people to “take captive to do his will” (2 Tim 2:26); this woman, obviously being one of his victories, and her children unfortunately constituting some of the collateral damage.
My friend’s story helped remind me last week during VBS why we were doing what we were doing and why it was so important. We were trying to further the Kingdom of God, while Satan’s trying to thwart it. Satan’s trying to steal as many children as he can, while we’re trying to deliver them.
You could say God provided us with two awesome blessings last week during VBS in “the battle”:
- 80 children we had the privilege of serving and ministering to for His glory.
- A number of awesome servants willing to come out engage in the battle. For those of you involved in VBS (even those from the church who came out Friday night to support the kids), thank you all so much for all your effort!