Stripped of Chaos

“The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds…Satan is quite aware of the power of silence.” Jim Elliott

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private.” C.S. Lewis

Have you ever said: “I was home alone all evening, on a Friday night. What a loser.”

Have you ever done: Flipped on the TV, the radio, a CD or all of them at once – just for “background noise?”

Have you ever thought: The more the merrier?

Have you ever found: Yourself in such a hurry that you don’t remember the last time you read a good book?

I venture to say that most of us have done all of the above at one time or another. There’s an odd dichotomy in our culture right now, an expressed longing for quiet, juxtaposed with fervent applause for the busiest, most productive among us. We see sentimental quotes everywhere, on bookmarks, refrigerators, office walls, that tell us to stop and smell the roses. Mattress commercials remind us that none among us get enough sleep. Doctors decry the effect of stress on our hearts.

Simultaneously, the first question we ask any bloke on the street is, “What do you do?” essentially, equating an individual’s value and their relationship to us primarily on their occupation.

And noise? Even sitting here, I can hear my husband’s television show from the other room. A few hours ago, as I made breakfast, I listened to a sermon on my iPhone. As soon as I headed upstairs to shower, I turned on the Christian radio in my bedroom. God-forbid I entertain silence for a moment!

Have you ever felt: Like God has deserted you? As if you’re all alone and your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling? Like you’re fighting a losing battle? What if you quit fighting? What if you stopped praying and listened? 

Exodus 14:13 “And Moses said unto the people, ‘Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.'”

If God doesn’t build the house,
the builders only build shacks.
If God doesn’t guard the city,
the night watchman might as well nap.
It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late,
and work your worried fingers to the bone.
Don’t you know he enjoys
giving rest to those he loves? Psalm 127

Watch Your Mouth in KY

Whose speech is free?

Apparently not that of a Christian business.

In March 2012, Blain Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals in Lexington, KY, declined to print t-shirts ordered by the Gay and Lesbian Service Organization for use in the upcoming Lexington Pride Festival. Adamson rightly believes that to print the t-shirts would indicate his company’s advocacy of the GLSO’s political message. So, he secured an equal quote for printing services at another local printing company and suggested the GLSO use them.

Then Hell broke loose. The GLSO immediately filed a complaint with Lexington’s Human Rights Commission, against Hands On Originals, stating that the company was discriminating against them. Suddenly, not only is Adamson willingly passing up income in order to be true to his Christian values, he is facing legal action and public vilification that may negatively affect his business for years to come.

So, let’s look at the facts:

In the freest nation in the world, a Christian business man is not allowed to decline service to an organization whose message he does not support. But, a restaurant has the right to decline service to a patron who refuses to wear shoes or a shirt. In July 2011, a restaurant in Pennsylvania decided to ban children under 6-years-old because of the potential for disruptive behavior. Isn’t that age discrimination?

Adamson’s company, Hands On Originals, currently employs homosexuals and has no policy against providing printing services to them.

“Notably, HOO has filled past orders for customers who it knew identified as homosexual and will continue to do so in the future,” the response adds. “In addition, HOO has hired, currently employs, and will continue to employ individuals who identify as homosexual.”

Adamson is by no means prohibiting the GLSO’s freedom of expression, as he willingly provided them with an affordable alternative.

Fortunately, the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal alliance defending religious liberty, sanctity of life, marriage, and the family, has filed a response in defense of Hands On Originals. Now, the ball is in play, and it’s anybody’s guess what happens from here. Recently, the cultural trend is to minimize Christian influence in the public arena.

Praise the Lord, in the US, it isn’t likely that someone will torch Adamson’s property, and Christians aren’t forced to post security around their churches. See two of last month’s posts: April 23,  and April 27. But the definitions of freedom are getting blurry and the exercise of personal rights is often criticized.

In Adamson’s shoes, what would you do?


Pink is loud.

She sits by Green, a soft-pillow-plump sort.

Black is at the table’s end.

Has that look of everyone’s friend.


Mosaic of moms on a lunch date.


Not too far away,

Huddle White and Stripes.

Next to them

Cuddle Blue and Gray.

Kaleidoscope of couples’ dining.


Alone is Pin-Stripe.

Brief business break.

Pressed up against his seat,

Leopard print lady

Carries conversation.


Bird’s eye view,

A shifting mosaic,

Of people barely see each other.

Bumping and mumbling

Bodies and voices.

A disjointed puzzle of stories on faces,

in tones, from lips, in postures.


Nothing matches, nor need it.

So much the same, so different.

Kaleidoscope, Puzzle, Mosaic of people.

Flitting in a world not their own.


Deluded as masters of destiny,

Shifted by time and unseen hand.

One twist of dial, spin of the shaft,

Jilted, jostled, new view.

God laughs.




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