Mike Cope's blog

Thursday, December 16, 2004

My message for this Sunday is "Putting Herod Back in Christmas." Any chance we might find t-shirts with that slogan at the local Christian bookstore? I keep hearing that the FAA is considering a proposal to allow cellphones on flights. As a person who flies quite a lot, let me say this: PLEASE. NO. I beg you. Even as an asthmatic whose airways begin closing down at the first whiff of smoke, I'd rather have smoking return to flights than to have you permit cellphones. At least smokers know they're being disdained. Too many cellphone users think we actually WANT to hear about how wasted they got last night or how vital they are to the American economy or what they think about Barry Bonds and steroids. Trust me on this one: the people flying aren't THAT important. The call can wait. The business won't fall through. Exeptions should be made only for the following jobs: President of the United States. Cellphones have added a lot of convenience to life. I'm not a Luddite. But I can't bear the thought of self-important people rattling on for a couple hours in what is now a cell-free zone. If cellphones are allowed, then we need "Yak" and "No Yak" sections. Put the yakkers in back. We non-yakkers are willing to sit up front in what is now called "first class." It'll be our little reward for not contributing to the problem of noise pollution.


  • AMEN to that, Mike! People talking on cell phones drive me nuts as it is. I can't imagine how much noise they'll make when they try to talk over the roar of the jet engines!

    By Blogger Jonathan Paden, at 12/16/2004 06:12:00 AM  

  • I love it! Yak and Non-Yak seating!! I've been miffed lately at all the Christmas shoppers who apparently can't shop for an hour without talking on their cell phones-- at the top of their lungs! My wife and I were shopping together the other day and this woman was describing- at the top of her lungs- every item she walked passed to someone on her cell. What is it with cell phones that puts people in this imaginary bubble where they think they're all alone? I think an airline could position themselves against the competition by being a Yak-Free Airline! Blessings! sd

    By Blogger SkipD, at 12/16/2004 06:24:00 AM  

  • AMEN!!!!!! It is bad enough now with the ones that get on the plane still talking on their phone and slow up the boarding process, and then talk until a flight attendant has to tell them to hang up.

    By Blogger Jenni, at 12/16/2004 06:32:00 AM  

  • We are prepared for this one: Jim bought a portible DVD player w/ 2 sets of head phones. I think it will work well to drown out most annoying inflight conversations.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/16/2004 06:47:00 AM  

  • "Yakity Yak - Go sit in the back!"

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 12/16/2004 06:51:00 AM  

  • So I'm standing in a long and chaotic line at McDonald's preparing myself for an infusion of fat, carbs, and sodium and this dude in front of me is yakity-yakking away about something "really important," talking extra loud so the fry guy in the back could hear him.

    Then it was his turn to tell the young lady behind the register what he wanted to eat, and no lie, when she asked him what he would like, he asked her to hold on a minute...and actually took about a minute to hang up.

    The best expression of the love of Jesus I could muster at that moment was to avoid violence.

    By Blogger Fajita, at 12/16/2004 06:57:00 AM  

  • no, No, NO :o(

    What's next, church? Is there any way to sue these rude people for home or space invasion? That might not be very "turn the other cheek" friendly, but cell phone users are the bane of my existence.

    Being probably the only person in all the Big Country that drives a 'compact' car, can you imagine my terror seeing a monster truck bearing down on me, weaving from curbside to over the yellow line and back, while the driver yaks away (thanks Mike for the "yak") on the dumb cell phone?!?!?!?

    Then there's the supermarket troll, the sidewalk dwadler, the restaurant gossiper, the LIBRARY deaf, but unfortunately, not dumb. I'm ready to begin a grassroots movement that cell phones be modified to only dial 911 if the user is farther than 3 blocks from home.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 12/16/2004 07:03:00 AM  

  • bw- I also have a cell phone but it is used less than 200 minutes a month. It truly is a tool for urgent or emergency situations in my case. Half the time I forget to put it in my purse when I leave the house. lol

    By Blogger Kathy, at 12/16/2004 07:07:00 AM  

  • She who is without minutes, shouldn't cast phones.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/16/2004 07:32:00 AM  

  • Yea, about the cell phone on planes thing...oh excuse me a moment: Hello. Honey can I call you back? I'm responding to Cope's blog...where was I? Oh yea, tell you the truth, I can live with em or without em...excuse me again: Hello. Yea, I watched the game last night. What a rout! The Mavs took care of business, didn't they? Hey, can I talk to you later? I'm doing something else kind of important. OK. Talk to you later. Let's see now...Oh yea, the cell phone matter. As I was saying...Darn, excuse me again. Hello. No, I don't want to buy a set of steak knives. And how did you get this number?...I don't care if you are my mother, I don't need steak knives! Call you later. Sorry about that; Mom's always trying to sell me something...I truly could do without a cell phone for the time it takes to fly from Dallas to...There it goes again. Looks like I'll have to finish this reply later. Just know that I'm not tied to a cell phone like some fools I know. Later...

    By Blogger MarkS, at 12/16/2004 07:38:00 AM  

  • Preach it brother MIke! Amen and Amen! Go preacher! Yes!

    My biggest complaint is the person who makes me sit through two traffic lights because they were too busy talking on their *stupid* phone to drive!!!

    How in the world did we survive 10 and 20 years ago when only the Very Important People had mobile phones? I drove back and forth from Detroit to Searcy (15 hours) in a rusted out 1970 Buick LeSabre with 3 other people and all their stuff...and (gasp!) no cell phone!

    If this happens on flights, I think the answer is MP3 Players and portable DVD Players (with headphones, of course).


    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 12/16/2004 07:58:00 AM  

  • I couldn't figure out how to post a picture to your blog, but your t-shirt is ready at my blog.

    By Blogger TCS, at 12/16/2004 08:44:00 AM  

  • TCS,

    I think it could be a package deal -- your T-Shirt and Mike's 2004 Yuletide sermon combo.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 12/16/2004 09:12:00 AM  

  • If you've followed down this far, click on TCS's link and go to his blog. There's the t-shirt I'm looking for. Thanks!

    By Blogger Mike, at 12/16/2004 09:30:00 AM  

  • You could even include a CD with a recording of "Hark the Herod Angels Sing...."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/16/2004 09:42:00 AM  

  • I know what you mean about cell phones. The other day, I'm in the BethlehemStarbucks, and some dude comes in wearin' this funky, Eastern get-up. Weirdin' everybody out.

    Anyway, he's got one of those newfangled phones you put over your ear, and he obviously has a bad connection 'cause he's yellin' at his buddies, "They're out of the Joppa Java and the Red Sea Roast. All that's left are these cheesy lookin' frankincense-and-myrrh gift packs. Yes or no? Say it again? Are you sure? What's a kid gonna do with frankincense and myrrh? I don't even know what that stuff is..."

    Everybody in the store is starin' at him thinkin', "Who is THIS wise guy?"

    By Blogger Grant, at 12/16/2004 09:49:00 AM  

  • Since we don't care about privacy anymore, where does Superman go to change clothes?

    By Blogger Beaner, at 12/16/2004 10:18:00 AM  

  • OK, now, you guys give me a break! Don't let a few bad eggs give us all a bad rap. I use 2500 minutes per month on my cell phone -- 90% business, and I literally could not do my job without it. (That, or I'd be stopping at pay phones ever 5-10 minutes.) I'm a general contractor who has to be in contact with subcontractors and workers on my various jobs all day. I'm polite and courteous -- I don't use it in line at the checkout, etc. when I am close to other people or need to be interacting with others. And no, I wouldn't use it on an airplane even if I could!! And I'll stack my driving up against your any day of the week... (Some people shouldn't chew gum and drive a car.)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/16/2004 12:52:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 12/16/2004 01:38:00 PM  

  • Can't believ Grant's post
    Really ... Bethlehem has a Starbucks?
    I'd love to visit.
    Can you get me a map?
    Kadesh is getting one I hear.
    Everywhere you look there is one.
    Thankfully Abilene has one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/16/2004 01:41:00 PM  

  • You know, you don't meet too many guys named Herod. Did the first Herod's parents think their son was going to be a Hero, so they named him Herod? King Herod was definitely a wack job. I don't think he would allow cell phones. He would be too paranoid.

    By Blogger David Michael, at 12/16/2004 02:24:00 PM  

  • This should be turned into a Seinfeld episode and released immediately!!! "NO yakking for you!"

    By Blogger Mae, at 12/16/2004 06:02:00 PM  

  • Wanna know where one of the quietest places in NYC is? The subway where noone can talk on cell phones. It's quite nice.

    By Blogger jch, at 12/16/2004 08:41:00 PM  

  • Had I not recently read Yancey's "What's so amazing about Grace", I would have been ill prepared to handle the person whose cell phone went off during "Saving Private Ryan"....or the one that went off during the funeral.

    If you have to describe food from each section of the grocery to some "adult", that probably also helped you pick out your clothes, then Step Away From the Phone....go home.....let some big person do this chore for you (or at least be a pushing a children's cart so we will know).

    By Blogger Larry, at 12/17/2004 03:33:00 AM  

  • Unless, of course, the one describing the selections in the grocery store is doing it for her 94-year-old mother who cannot do her own shopping and who is a little hard of hearing.

    Been There

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/17/2004 06:04:00 AM  

  • Bethlehem Starbucks? I think Grant's comment would work pretty well as a Shrek-meets-Veggietales sort-of movie.

    On the Herod issue, I don't know if the sermon will have anything to do with this or not, but I always wondered if the "Peace on Earth" concept, as presented in the typical Christmas card context, tends to get a little distorted.

    True, God's message to the Bethlehem shepherds announced God's intentions of peace in bringing his kingdom into the world, but much of what we learn from scripture is that some people, out of self interest and self-preservation, will react violently when the kingdom arrives at their doorstep.

    How's this for another great Christmas text? "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." (Mt. 10:34). While discussing this text, I once commented, a few weeks before Christmas, that Tim and Angie Martin should put that one on their next Christmas card. Guess what we got in the mail about three weeks later? The same verse, neatly printed, just below a beautiful picture of their family!

    (As a bonus, the next verse talks about mother-in-law being turned against daughter-in-law. For some families, sadly, that really IS a great Christmas text!)

    By Blogger Matt, at 12/17/2004 08:05:00 AM  

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