(NOTE: I do NOT Encourage Christians to frequent clubs. What I do encourage is for Christians to be ABSOLUTELY sure of what the Lord leads to do...)
Three spiritually proven mature happily married Christian couples, after counsel with their pastor, decided to, once a month go to Club Bliss to glow for the glory of GOD. The couples worship at Great Grace Tabernacle. They are a diverse group – two Caucasians, Michael and Jennifer – two Native Americans, Pedro and Carla – and two Black Americans, Robert and Lisa. Each of them has been in Christ for more than 15 years and they all have received intense training in love demonstrations and spiritual warfare. Their group is called Eagle Squad.
The Lord has spoken to the Eagle Squad about the need for more Christians to be relevant to those who are in the world. The Eagle Squad’s mission that they chose to accept is to, monthly, be present at Club Bliss – inside for 20 minutes and right outside the club for two hours with the Eagle Squad’s red van called, Love Lifted. Those words, Love Lifted, are stenciled on the van’s exterior sides.
The Eagle Squad shows up at Club Bliss faithfully every month dressed modestly but attractively (no dowdy attire). And they are “armed” with love, compassion, and heart-shaped mints to offer the club clientele. In Love Lifted, the Eagle Squad members read their Bibles and pray before entry to Club Bliss and after they leave the club, they read their Bibles and pray in Love Lifted, as well. They keep their Bibles with them in the club but not where they are visible to the patrons of the establishment.
The couples order soft drinks on the rocks, sit and converse among themselves - sensitive to the club atmosphere. They stay at their tables but the glory of the Lord upon them is dominant. People walk by them, some pause, and look puzzled. The Eagle Squad members smile glowingly and offer the heart-shaped mints. People accept, give thanks and move on.
Three months pass. The Eagle Squad continues to sit in Club Bliss for 20 minutes and afterward to remain right outside the club for two hours with Love Lifted.
One night, a young woman, Amy, walks up to the Eagle Squad table in tears. Her boyfriend has just entered Club Bliss with another woman. Amy is crushed. In the club, none in the Eagle Squad has ever preached or declared Christ. They have been a presence who has habitually glowed, sat, ordered their soft drinks on the rocks, and talked among themselves. They have also consistently given warm smiles, and offered and handed out heart-shaped mints to the club patrons. Some patrons engage in small talk with the Eagle Squad, and walk away feeling uplifted but not understanding why. The group is amused at how people cannot figure the presence of GOD that flows from within them.
Somehow Amy is compelled to approach the Eagle Squad table. She knows that there is something pleasantly different about these people. Though she does not know what it is, she feels secure in confiding in the Eagle Squad members. They do not mention Christ to Amy. Carla and Lisa invite her out to the Love Lifted. Amy accompanies them. Carla and Lisa listen to her pour out her sorrow as tears flood from her eyes. They comfort Amy and invite her to sit there with them while she regains her composure. While there, Amy comments on why she felt led, in the club, to approach the Eagle Squad.
To be continued...
Written Monday September 27, 2010
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