1. I dislike movies that are enjoyable to watch until the makers decided to insert a racy sex scene or nudity to increase sales. These lurid scenes have zero to do with the plot and are completely unnecessary, but there it is. In all cases, I am offended. In some cases, if the scene does not move along quickly, I’ll leave the movie. At home, I'll turn the channel.
2. I dislike committee meetings, business meetings, and deacons meetings. When I think of the thousands of them I have attended or chaired over twenty-eight years, I can honestly say most of them were unpleasant and wasted a great deal of time. I’ll spare you the details, but these meetings often descend into angry conversations, disagreements, conflict, bad feelings, and broken fellowship – usually over minor issues. However, I’m glad to say that since being at PCC I haven’t had so many bad experiences because we don’t have any committees. We have ministry teams. (See my previous two blog posts).
3. I do not like parades of any kind; especially Mardi Gras parades. What fun! – large crowds, standing on hard asphalt for hours at a time, loud noise, slow-moving exhibits, and only the occasional laughter. And with Mardi Gras, you get the added element of debauchery.
4. I don’t like concerts very much anymore either, even when the featured performer is a favorite of mine. The crowds are horrendous, the behavior of some people is shocking, and the music is much too loud. If the performer has been at this a long, long time, then they are bored with having to sing the ‘old favorites,’ so they pull a little switcheroo and insert new lyrics or ad lib or laugh at their own song. Not good. Besides, I have attended hundreds of concerts over the years, mostly when I was younger, so I now have it out my system.
5. I don’t not like movies that use Jesus Christ’s name are part of their profanity.
6. I don’t like to hear God’s name in a string of profanity either.
7. I don’t like having difficult conversations over a meal. If I am having relational tension with someone and we decide to get together to work it out, I will always decline an invitation to “discus this over lunch.” After having lost my appetite and wasted good money on food I didn’t eat - on more than one occasion - my standard reply now is: “Let’s meet somewhere private… like my office.” I mean, who likes to be angry over dinner? Not me. I'm too likely to mash English Peas in someone's ears.
8. I dislike it when people say “all roads lead to heaven.” It is intellectually dishonest to say that when those roads are diametrically opposed to one another; not to mention it's deceitful, dangerous, and diabolical. There’s only One Mediator between God and man, and His Name is Jesus Christ (I Timothy 2:5).
9. I dislike football games where my team could have won, but the coach made some dumb moves. Okay, that makes me an arm-chair quarterback and a side-line second-guesser, but hey, I’m a fan. What’d ya expect.
10. I dislike pointless, boring blogs. So I’ll end this right here. :-)