When I opened the newspaper this morning, I came across this:
Calvary Chapel Lake Forest is unhappy with marijuana dispensary's patients using church lot to party
LAKE FOREST – A local pastor wants help from the city to get partying teens out of the church parking lot.
Pastor Jim Misiuk of Calvary Chapel Lake Forest said that he regularly finds teens in their cars playing loud music and partying before and after church services and functions.The problem, he said, has accelerated since the discovery of a nearby medical marijuana dispensary. Misiuk said when confronted, the teens say they are waiting for friends who are getting product at nearby Earth Cann Wellness Center. This week he and other church members took their issues to the City Council...
... Misiuk said the presence of teens in cars has picked up on Sunday evening during church services. He has also noted cars in the parking lot on Wednesday evening during the church's Bible Study and on Tuesdays during the Ladies Fellowship meetings.
"It doesn't provide a peaceful church environment," said Misiuk. "We don't want to focus on this negativity. We want to help them. This is adding to the addiction problem. It seems marijuana is very available here now."
I guess I can understand where the pastor is coming from, but something seems amiss here. Call me crazy, but perhaps people who claim to embrace the life and way of Jesus might want to consider a different course of engagement here. I would think that this is just the place Jesus would want to be - in the middle of life with hurting people, not merely seeking "a peaceful church environment." When we choose to follow the way of Jesus, it leads to a life that is at times both messy and uncomfortable. Maybe I'm missing something...