Last week I had to call my bank for a personal matter. I called the 800 number as I knew things would go faster. I ended up getting a guy named David Belton from Roanoke, VA. He was able to fixed the things I needed. Then out of the blue he ask me what "The Singles Network" was. I am used to this question as most folks think its a dating site. I quickly shared what it was and what I did. We continued to talk for over 30 minutes about the needs of singles and what society things about them. We talked about the breakdown of the family and the increase of singles living with other singles as well as singles living alone. We also discussed how emails and texting have affected relationships. That the next generation isn't learning how to deal with conflict. He appeared to agree with me on every point leading me to ask the question of where he went to church. I didnt't think he was necessarily a believer but he didn't seem at all afraid to talk about God or the Bible. He said well, I don't go to church. He said he grew up in church but found it hard, unforgiving, judgmental and full of hypocrites. He did read the Bible, however, but instead of the "traditional church" he belonged to a group called "Wicca". I also lost my breath. He ask if I was familiar with Wicca. I said yes. He said, the group he is involved with is family focused, caring, supportive and nurturing. That they care about nature and each other. I told him the only connection I had with Wicca was a group in New Bern, NC who worshiped the devil. He proceeded to say his group did not and that the devil was found only in the Bible. He said he found a group of folks that showed real love and that the traditional church did not to him.
So, hmmm, this made me start to think. As far as Wicca, maybe there are other groups that do different things. The thing here to me isn't so much what he belongs too (of course he is lost) its more about where he found support, encouragement and a family that cared for him. I felt sorry for him that his experience with a church was so bad that Wicca was more attractive. I felt sorry for the "Church" as a whole who has not done their part.
So OK, what does this mean to me. It gives me food for thought. I want to stay connected to this guy. I told him my email address and other contact information. I want to pray for him, for his salvation for his life. So if you would, please join me in praying. David even said he felt no connections were by accident. Boy, if he ever knew how true that is. God wants David. I am thankful for the messed up with my bank that allowed me to speak to David. Psalm 65:2 You who answer prayer, to you all people will come.