Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: COMPUTER (05/19/16)
TITLE: Jesus Juke University
By Jody Day
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She tossed the picture into a drawer as her roommate Steffie breezed in, face red and eyes watering from the cold November wind outside.
“What took you so long? I thought we were going to lunch together?” Cindy averted her red, swollen eyes toward her laptop.
“I got caught by Linda Jones on the way out of class. She invited me to some churchy thing at the Student Center tonight. Sounds like fun. She said there’d be music and food. Wanna come?” Steffie rummaged in her purse until she pulled out her hairbrush.
“Uh. No. I have enough drama in my life.” Cindy rolled her mouse around until the screen lit up.
“Huh? Linda seems nice enough.” Steffie ran the brush through her wind blown hair.
“Those church people are mean. Haven’t you seen the stuff they do to each other on social media?” She motioned Steffie to sit beside her as she scrolled her Connect page.
“Look at this.” Cindy pointed to a post that read If your daughter is the best thing the world has ever given you, like and share.”
“So? Professor Martin always posts cheesy stuffy like that.”
“But look at the comment below it.” Cindy pointed to a sentence that read “The world never gave you anything. GOD gave you your daughter.”
“Ouch. How embarrassing for Mrs. Martin. I guess people are entitled to their opinion, but haven’t they heard of the private message?” Steffie crossed her arms.
“Did you see the selfie Sally Cox posted about her new hair cut?” Cindy scrolled to find the picture.
“Yeah, I saw it in class this morning. Cute.” Steffie peered closer to the screen.
“I can’t find it now, Sally probably deleted it. But it was a picture of a woman holding her hands to her face in shock with the caption: When you just got your hair cut off and then you see 1 Corninthians 11:6.”
“What does that mean, Cindy?”
“I searched it, and it’s a Bible verse about women not cutting their hair. Not very nice.”
Cindy took a drink from her water bottle. “They do it all day long. This one made me really mad.” She turned the laptop toward Steffie.
“It’s those posts about that Color Run that group is doing to raise money for a mission trip to Mexico. Something about an orphanage needing a new roof. Seems like a good cause to me,” Steffie said.
Without a word, Cindy pointed to a comment posted below the announcement that linked to an article called Why Christians Shouldn’t Participate in Color Runs.
“Wow, and ouch again. All that doesn’t seem to line up with their message. I wonder if they’re as mean to each other in person at all those gatherings they have.”
“I went to church with Linda just after my parents split up. I really needed answers. It was a weeknight service and they had a big fight over some new carpet they wanted to buy. One group wanted a color that complemented the pews, and the other group insisted that they buy carpet imprinted with little crosses. It was like being home between my parents again. I don’t need it.” She wished she could stop smelling crushed roses.
“Maybe it’s not for me either. Kind of disappointed though. I’ve been looking for something to hold on to. I’m about to lose my scholarship. Oh well, let’s get some lunch.” Steffie waited for her roommate by the door.
Cindy shut down her laptop. She’d been invited to a frat party that night. Things just weren’t getting any better, so she might as well have some fun.
*Jesus Juke – the practice of applying Jesus and/or Christianity into every situation. Although possibly true statements, they are often delivered inappropriately and are associated with shame and condemnation.
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