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Fun With Footprints in the Sand

 —  September 28, 2011 — 6 Comments

I Tweeted about filming this parody of the famous Christian poem “Footprints in the Sand” a while back … here it is in all of it’s glory. From a talk about walking with Jesus during our LAUNCH back to school series. Fun.

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6 responses to Fun With Footprints in the Sand

  1. Ok…. I am really stressed today and this is exactly what I needed. I wonder how many times I break God’s back as well. Thanks Josh for being a source of laughter, encouragement, and sometimes wisdom!

  2. Is this how we glorify the name of the infinitely holy God? This video seems awfully trite. Shouldn’t we be preaching and teaching on why God is so amazing because he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins of blasphemy, idolatry, lust, murder… and because Jesus Christ lived in total obedience to the Father he was able to give us His righteousness so that we become righteous before God and can be welcomed into His kingdom? Shouldn’t we be preaching about how all men are condemned because of sin and on that day of judgment each and every one of us will have to account for every thought, every word, every deed? Each of us will be found wanting and deserving of an eternal sentence to Hell where we are to be eternally punished for our sin UNLESS we repent and place our trust in Jesus Christ and the work He did in living and dying in perfect obedience to God the Father?

    Our foolishness, our sinfulness, our wretchedness is enough to break the back of God? Please read your Bibles and see how God deserves our reverence, not our jokes to get people to laugh and somehow then decide they want to follow Jesus. Psalm 116 comes to mind, please read it! He is holy, holy, holy and we are not, not, not!

  3. David, if anything is trite, its the ‘footprints in the sand’ poem this video was making fun of. I also don’t see how a little humor in youth ministry is such a bad thing. There is nothing about following Christ that says we have to be serious all the time, in fact if you survey scripture you’ll see God’s sense of humor coming through quite a bit.

  4. Cam, I agree with you that the “footprints in the sand” poem is poor. Humor? At the expense of God? The same God that gave you life? The same God that shows grace to whom He saves by pulling them out of their rank filthiness and welcoming them in to new life through repentance and faith by His grace alone? Can you show me where in the Bible you could possibly come up with the idea that coarsely joking about God is condoned? Ephesians 5 comes to mind, especially verse 4, 6, and 8 through the end of the chapter where it says:

    “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
    But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

    “Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”

    Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

    We’re not to be mechanical robots, stoic in our lives or anything of the sort, but humor has its place. This video depicts God actually cursing! So now we ought to depict God as a sinner in order to get our youth to laugh? And then what? They will then love Jesus more? Really? What do you say to the youth whose heart is full of despair and comes to church seeking Christ and sees this?

    What do you say to the teenager whose parents are getting divorced and she thinks it’s her fault and comes to church desperately seeking answers about her situation? What do you say to the young man who struggles with pornography, whose lust consumes his thoughts night and day and who visits your church with his conscience ablaze over his sin, wondering if this Jesus Christ he has heard about can really call him out of his sin and in to new life? What do you say to the youth that has just her younger brother withered, without hair, with a hundred stitches in his head and dying of brain cancer at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and asks why God would allow this? Brothers and sisters, we need the Gospel, the power to save rotten people like you and me from our depravity, the answer to why there is suffering here on earth, the sole reason for hope in this fallen, corrupted world, not silly skits depicting God as unable to lift a High School Youth Pastor.

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