When Tommie worked the late shift at Starbucks a few years ago we thought Pepper Spray was a good idea. You never know who might lurk in the parking lot after close. We would talk about actions to take in the event a stranger decided to become an unwanted passenger. We did not think it a good idea for her to use her pepper spray on customers who had worn out their welcome. Occasionally they may need to call the police who would come and invite the customers to leave. We were certain they would not be inclined to use pepper spray on someone sitting in one of the comfortable chairs if the customer refused to leave. Sounds reasonable, eh?.
Cultural illustrations may be evocative for pastor/preachers. But, they may also become a quagmire when opinions about high profile events have already been formed. Any nuanced reference runs the risk of leading the hearer to resist any or all implications. Sometimes it is difficult to hear beyond our pre-formed opinions.
For instance, the recent pepper spray incident prompted a terse reaction from my friend The Ex-Reverend. Read More