Sometimes you come across stories that just seem too wild to be true. Have you heard the one about the man from Kansas City? A 70 year-old man got into a heated debate with his wife, culminating with him saying that he’d rather be in prison than living at home with her. He then proceeded to the nearest bank, wrote a threatening note demanding money, and handed it to a teller. The teller then gave him a couple thousand dollars. The man-now-turned-robber then sat down in the bank foyer and waited for the cops to arrive. He told them that he was the one they were looking for and handed over the money. He got his wish and was hauled off to prison. He was found guilty- of course- and here is where the story takes a hilarious turn- the district judge sentenced him to 6 months of home-confinement! The irony here is just overwhelming, right? The man literally robbed a bank to go to prison to get away from his wife, and then is sentenced to confinement with her for 6 months straight. Imagine the kinds of conversations they had during that time! I thought it was a joke until I researched and found press releases and credible news sources reporting on the story.
Think of how foolish this man must have felt- however sure he was in his decision to get arrested- he had to have regrets! And as ironic as the sentencing was, surely that is better than living without freedom, behind bars, in a prison cell. Whatever arguments he was having with his wife- no matter how severe they must have felt at the time- they would pale in comparison to the kind of arguments and hostility posed by inmates in jail. What he once thought was a good idea- a way to stick it to his wife and make a point that she would never forget- that just made him look like a fool and put his well-being in jeopardy.
The truth is- we are constantly making foolish decisions. They all seem justifiable at the time… I deserve this splurge… I’ll stop this addiction tomorrow… Just making one more purchase… no one will ever have to know… the ends justify the means… I need to give this person a piece of my mind…… It is amazing the extent we are willing to go to justify our actions.
So how can we make wise decisions? We’ll talk about that this Sunday as we study Galatians 3:1-14. Even better- we will study how we can rebound from our foolish decisions. We’ve all been there. Perhaps you are there now. When we feel like we have blown it and the world is caving in us. Where is the hope? How do we make it to tomorrow? There are a lot of amazing truths in Galatians 3 that I can’t wait to share with you!
There are also a couple other things you want to keep in mind for this Sunday- it is a potluck! Please bring yourself, your friends and family, and a dish to share. Ross will be starting a new series during Sunday School entitled “How to be a Christian in a world that isn’t.” Lastly- this Sunday is a palindrome date. 02/02/2020. See that? It is the same front and back. This is seriously amazing and they rarely happen in our lifetime. Then there is some other thing happening Sunday night- but it is nowhere near as amazing as the time we are going to be spending Sunday morning.
I hope you’ll join us, this Sunday at 9am for Sunday School, 10:15 for worship, or 11:45 for the potluck. God bless you- have a great weekend!
-Pastor Nathan Rice