Lawsuit Against the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
In somewhat surprising news this week homeschooler Ethan Davis is suing the creators of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We were able to catch up with Ethan this morning to hear why he was suing.
We asked him the most obvious question is why? To which he replied “13 months ago when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge got started I was excited. I was excited to help a good cause and I was also excited to dump cold water on myself. It started out awesome and I watched as it started to spread to some mutual friends of mine. I could feel it, I was getting close to being nominated. Then in the blink of an eye it was over, the calendar changed and it was now September. Nobody ever nominated me and when you don’t get nominated it hurts. It hurts real bad. It left me with only two options. Either go out and get some friends or sue them and it shut it down. I feel like I made the logical choice.”
We also asked Ethan why now? This happened over a year ago. Why the long wait? Ethan answered “I had heard from the creators of this that they wanted it to be a yearly tradition. I realized I didn’t get nominated this year but thought next year it would be different. Then next year came and nobody nominated me again. That was the last straw. The challenge had raised over 100 million dollars so I knew they had some pretty deep pockets. I also want to point out that I am not animal and realize that the money was for a good cause. That is why I am only suing for half of the 100 million for loss of quality of life and being bullied by the creators.”
No lawyer has picked up the case yet, although Gloria Allred is showing interest.
I have been sitting at my computer meaning to write something but wasn’t sure what it should be about. Like all good writers my process begins with 2 hours of FB time prior to writing. While on FB I stumbled across an article by George Takei about the Kim Davis situation. If you want to know my beliefs on pretty much any topic, get George’s opinion on it and mine will be the exact opposite.
If you ever want to think the world is ending or that you need new people to pray for all you need to do is go on the comments section of a divisive issue. It is impossible to gain traction on an online argument with 45 people arguing at the same time. I spent about an hour reading through them and am pretty convinced 80% of the people all agreed on the same thing. They were only arguing because it was worded a little differently than they worded it. The argument broke down the following way:
50% of the people saying God is a myth and the bible is a fairytale.
30% of the people saying they don’t believe in God but he may exist.
15% of people telling everyone they were going to hell.
5% of people raising up good points on either side and having an actual debate.
The 50% Group
I don’t believe in Bigfoot. Whoa, that felt good to get off my chest. One of my best friends does. Every once in a while I hang out with him and some of his friends who do and we will have a fun discussion about Bigfoot. Not once does it ever border on being hateful. Not once. I think part of the reason it doesn’t because in the end it really doesn’t matter. Whether Bigfoot is real or not doesn’t impact my life at all unless he kidnaps me on a hike up Mt. Si. The most hate filled arguments you ever see online are about religion. You have people absolutely destroying other people and using names that shouldn’t be repeated.
As somebody who wants the best for others it is sad to see people trash God. It hurts my heart when I see what path there on. As somebody who believes in the bible it is refreshing for lack of a better word.
In Luke 12:51 it says “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
I am reminded just how divisive the Word can be. It makes me sad but it also reminds me this is how it is supposed to be. We were never promised that this would unite us with our family or the world and make us popular. In fact we were told that families would split up because of God and in a weird way when I see people arguing like this it puts me at peace.
The 30% Group
I am confused by these people. The majority of people are saying they don’t believe in God in this particular comment section. You agree with them. But you feel like arguing just cause? Saying you don’t believe in God but that he exist seems like an insane oxymoron. I would like to think they are doing it just to troll people but I don’t think they are.
The 15% Group
There are a lot of overweight people in this world. Does that mean every time I see one I tell them how fat they are? I would never do that. Just as I hope when they see me they won’t tell me how ugly I am. Both are true, but something’s are better left unsaid. When I see a post that says “Jay you better take back what you said or you’re going to hell. You’re going to burn there for eternity.” Note: that is a direct quote by the way. I don’t understand the need to say that? Don’t speak the truth just because you feel like saying it. Don’t speak the truth simply to get a rise out of people. The best advice I have ever gotten in life is don’t talk just to hear your own voice.
I would like to make an app for your phone and computer for when you are tempted to tell someone they are going to burn in hell. When you get that urge and start to write, I want a giant fist to come out and hit you right in the nuts. That would fix a lot of problems.
The 5% Group
I would like to think that if I choose to partake in FB arguments I would fall in this category. All around there are black holes trying to swallow everyone up and these people are a ray of sunshine debating calmly. It would be like if a massive street fight broke where everybody was brawling expect for 2 people who were peacefully trying to talk it out. I think your best bet in this case is to DM the person you are debating with and get away from the other people. I am someone who truly like to debate with people, just not crazy people. If someone wants to have a calm debate where we can each share our sides I am all for it. When people want to debate me in an insane asylum that is trapped in a tornado, I bid them good day as we go our separate ways.
Football season starts tomorrow!!! It is the second greatest day of the year besides when the NBA starts. I want to brag a little today about my fantasy team names, make some predictions that way I have them in writing, and name the two teams that will be in the Super Bowl this year.
I take great pride in naming my fantasy teams. I like to have something funny, offensive or a combination of the two in my name. Two years ago during the whole Aaron Hernandez trial I went the team name Aaron Hernanderris. An instant classic. Last year all I heard was about the Washington Redskins names being offensive so I really pushed the envelope with my team name…The Washington Whiteskins. This year I was struggling to think of something. I thought about doing a name referencing deflated footballs, but thought that was to easy. Only chumps would do something that easy. Then I got lucky and Geno Smith got punched and broke his jaw. Poor Geno. Lucky Derris. In fact, after that happened I didn’t even have to pick the name, the name picked me. Fitzpatrick’s Hit Man.
If you think you can top that leave a comment with your fantasy team name. My second favorite name I have heard this year is JPP’s Missing Finger.
Also while on the subject of fantasy, I am a 12 team league and got stuck with the 7th pick! That’s the worst spot you could possibly be. There are only 5 or 6 guys on the top level and none of them were left for me to pick. It’s like having a draft picking The Office characters. Michael, Jim, Dwight, Pam, Kevin, and Toby would be gone instantly. There is nothing wrong with Angela, Meredith, Oscar, etc…They are just not on the same level the first six. If you disagree with Toby being there, you’re wrong. What Michael does to him a daily basis in the show makes him one of the top 6 characters.
If you don’t watch The Office and didn’t get the metaphor here’s one you might understand. If you don’t watch The Office you should probably start as it is the greatest show ever. Secondly imagine it’s Star Trek or am I thinking about Star Wars? I’m not sure, there both pretty much the same exact thing so it doesn’t really matter. Imagine the first 6 (I guess I’ll go with Star Wars movies) are off the board. You are then stuck with Clone Wars. It’s just a horrible spot to be in.
All I want to do is be able to bet on sports. I would do it in a wise way and not bet too much, although I feel like I know enough about sports to be successful at it. Saying that though it is easy to pick the winners looking back at them once the season ends. I figured this year I will get them in writing and will have stick with what I picked. If I have good year I may or may not be moving to Las Vegas for next year. My bags are packed though.
Here are my AFC division winners:
I know I know, I am going with the exact teams that won them last year, but I don’t see that changing.
In the NFC I am going with:
A little more variety from last year in the NFC.
In the AFC Wild Card I will go with:
Texans (I love JJ Watt so I am a little biased)
And in the NFC
Lions or Cowboys
If I have to pick one I will go with Lions. Sorry Cowboy fans.
In the NFC it has never been easier to pick the Super Bowl participant. The Detroit Lions. Kidding. Sorry Lions fans. I am a Lions fan and I know how much that just hurt. I probably shouldn’t have even brought it up. I will go with the Seahawks.
In the AFC I have zero idea. How about the Steelers for a little Super Bowl rematch of XL.
The Super Bowl winner will be…..
The Seattle Seahawks.
I have been trying to limit my social media time over the past couple weeks especially when it comes to FB. Thankfully last night I went on FB to catch up on some stuff. I was scrolling through when I saw a post and got inspired to write about it.
Before I begin let me add this. I started serving at a youth group just a short time ago. This post was written by one of the other small group leaders that helps there and made me angry. Not at the person who wrote this but at the culture of the youth group and the church.
ATTENTION NEWLIFE BREMERTON YOUTH: ONE LAST TIME! It’s time for our final B-town youth at Lions field tomorrow! Let’s make it big and make it reign! We’re going to play a lot of games! School has started and so shall Bremerton.youth! Bring your all your friends, because we have plenty of room for them all! Bremerton.youth is about to blow up large, so get your friends there at the ground floor! Something is coming…
A lot of you may find nothing wrong with that. For a long period of my life it wouldn’t have bothered me one bit. But it does now. Oh it bothers me so much.
I am going to look at a few sentences that were written and break them down.
Let’s make it big and make it reign!
The first time I went to youth group all they were talking about is how to grow it. Let’s make it big. People have decided that the way you define the success of a church event is attendance. That is such a false way to look at. I went to a youth group of over 400 kids growing up. My “small” group had 60 kids and 10 leaders in it. Every single one of my friends that were in the small group I was in is no longer a Christian. I had small group leaders get their girlfriends pregnant, get divorced, call off weddings, and leave the church all together.
From an outside view this youth group was successful. Look at all the people!!! It wasn’t though. We got so caught up in body count that we completely forgot about rooting people in Christ. I will say this until I die and that is I would rather have a youth group of 1 person that loved Jesus with all their heart, than a youth group of 400 where everyone put on a front and acted like they did.
We’re going to play a lot of games.
I have something that is truly incredible. I have something that comforts, forgives, loves, and cherishes me. I have the King of kings and the Lord of lords. I have someone who created me in his image. Who says I am worthy even when I don’t feel like it. Who forgives no matter what I have done. Who truly wants the best for me. Who has promised me eternal life. Who loves me even when I sin against him.
Let’s not mention that though. Let’s mention that we are going to play games instead. We all know ultimate Frisbee is far important than reading the bible. HOW INSANE IS THE FACT THAT ARE PITCH TO COME TO YOUTH GROUP DOESN’T MENTION JESUS, GOD, OR THE BIBLE?!?! Nope let’s leave all that out. Instead let’s mention games.
If we are truly going to be Christians then shouldn’t His love pour out from us? Shouldn’t we be in such a good relationship with him that are pitch isn’t about games? It’s about savior who created them and loves them. Shouldn’t we want to create an environment where youth group is more about God than it is fun? Shouldn’t we? Or maybe I’m just crazy.
Bremerton.youth is about to blow up large, so get your friends there at the ground floor!
Are we talking about a startup company here? Is this Netflix in 1997? You need to get in now! This company is going to take off and when the company grows you will have you high ranking position because you were there from the beginning! Or are we talking about youth group? Like I said before shouldn’t are pitch be about Jesus? What does getting your friends in at the ground floor have to do with anything? I don’t remember Jesus preaching “Follow me so you can get in on the ground floor of this.” No he said “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
The ground floor means nothing. I hope for the sake of this youth group at this time that it never leaves the ground floor. I can already feel the “look at how we big we are “coming. I can already see the workings of a place that only cares about body count. You tell me you care about the students but your actions show me otherwise.
We don’t have a sturdy ground floor and we are already trying to build on it. It may work for a few stories but the more you add to it, the harder it will fall. Let’s make a sturdy ground floor. Let’s disciple the students and get them ready to disciple others. When we add a story let’s build it on a firm foundation in Christ that disciples people and turns out true God fearing Christians. Please invite your friends please do, but invite them because you care about them. Not because you want them to get in on the ground floor of a building that is built on sand.
I am going to be honest it made question whether or not I ever wanted to go back. It made me question whether I wanted to get involved in something like this. It made me question a lot. It answered this for me though. This is exactly the place I need to be. Instead of complaining about it from the outside I need to help fix it from the inside. I know the great things the Lord can do when you are rooted in him. I have felt them, I have seen them, I have about read them. I also know how badly things can turn out when you are not. I have watched my friends turn from the Lord because in part of a bad youth group. I can see this one starting down the same wide path and I don’t like it.
I don’t like the wide path were on. I like the narrow path a lot more.