The Bluebird Box

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“…my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6 NIV)

One spring, inspired by a friend, I placed a bluebird box in our backyard. The reward came in a matter of days. Two bluebirds began to gather material for their nest. I was moved to tears. I was told if I built it, they would come–and they did!

Wednesday, June 17th evening services at the U.S. Charleston, South Carolina, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopalian (AME) Church, had been eagerly anticipated. Inside this civil rights landmark building, a dozen happy members of the Emanuel family settled in for their weekly Bible Study. A video camera captured the image of a 21-year old white male entering the church. For an hour, the stranger sat next to the senior pastor, Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, before he brandished his .45 caliber pistol and announced his intentions to shoot. His stated motive: He wanted to start a race war. All nine victims were African-American. The Charleston Church shooting was the worst mass murder at a religious site in the U.S. since 1991.

Another season of bluebird watching was underway when I noticed I had been missing my feathered friends. I thought they would have little mouths to feed and be flitting in and out of their box, but I saw nothing. Upon investigation, I saw it–bluebird feathers. Near the small front portal were scratch marks as if some claws had dug into the wood. My heart sank. It became obvious the cat ate the bluebirds.

When we took two young felines into our home then erected the box, I had no clue I was preparing a death trap, but that is what it was. Like the saints in the church in Charleston, the birds had no escape. The young intruder, Dylann Roof, saw an opportunity to do Satan’s bidding. That night, Emanuel A.M.E. became a slaughterhouse.

I refused to be a party to more bluebird deaths. The cats were staying around and they sure weren’t going to alter their appetite for birds. So a decision was made; no more box. End of story? No, the birds found a hide-out inside our grape arbor. That year they raised their young under the cover of grape leaves. Moral of the story: By removing the box, bluebirds will find a means to avoid “cat-astrophe” and multiply in the process.

In September 2013, seventy died in a Taliban shooting attack on worshipers at the Peshawar Church in Pakistan. Early April of this year 147 perished at morning prayer services as Islamic terrorists from Somalia fired on unarmed, defenseless students at Garissa University in Kenya.

I know we love our church boxes, but has it occurred to anyone they are no longer safe? Murderers have keyed in on an easy target. Wake up people! How much more elderly and child’s blood will stain the pews before we find cover outside the box? Maybe Jesus’ followers will begin again to multiply as they should.

  1. arjdolphins’s avatar

    Great post. That story, about the bluebird box, resonates with me each time I read it. I agree with you that the American church will soon need to revert back to the book of Acts. Our particular church has a lot of small groups that meet in various public places and homes and we reach out to communities. That is the blueprints for growing, discipling, and reproducing.

    Matthew 24 is insightful with regards to death traps. Jesus tells those with eyes to see and ears to hear that when they see the abomination that causes desolation standing in the holy place it is time to flee to the mountains. The reason is simple. God does not want his people out in the open when antichrist claims to be God and demands the world’s worship. The mountains will provide covering and camouflage.

    Since the recent Supreme Court case that legalized gay marriages across this country, I can see churches who boldly oppose it and stand for GOD, to be ridiculed and even attacked. Church buildings may be vandalized and desecrated. Satan’s time is nigh and his rage is building. Yet God’s faithful must resist the devil’s attacks. EJ

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    1. John Finkbeiner’s avatar

      Divide and conquer. Go small. Refrain from big. Look for the Mega-church to come under assault first, unless they pay a bribe (“protection fee”) or compromise by making a statement and making overtures supportive of gay unions.

      I read this a.m., June 29th, that six hecklers were arrested during Pastor Joel Osteen’s Sunday service. Pastor Joel’s huge Houston, Texas complex is an inviting target for a political agenda.

      Recently, in a nation hostile to Christianity, believers were handing out materials and witnessing at a Muslim festival. After awhile they were set upon by some in the crowd and beaten. When the police came they arrested the believers for disturbing the peace, inciting a riot, etc.

      Look for hate crime charges, loss of 501C3 tax-exempt status and lawsuits backed by the full force of the U.S. government against churches, businesses and Christian charities that deny services to gay couples. Homosexual activists will act with impunity. Any retaliation will be severely punished in court.

      Thank you for your comments.

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    2. arjdolphins’s avatar

      At our church, the prison ministry just announced that they are not allowed to preach anymore in the yards at certain Federal Prisons. In the Federal Prisons where the Christian Chaplains resigned, Muslim clerics have taken over and they are forbidding worship services and did not allow our prison ministry team to bring the Gospel of John into the study. I one and a half hour service was reduced to a 30 minute study.

      The true church is going underground and even in prisons, it is going to be revitalized by the true bondservants of Christ already within the walls. We are in a battle and we must support our brothers and sisters and stand for Christ no matter what.

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      1. John Finkbeiner’s avatar

        Why should our federal prisons be different from our military services and academies? Islam, Atheism, Wiccan and Odinism are welcome, but the name of Jesus is forbidden.

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