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A Day at a Time: Ultimate Flash Mob

By Scott Harrup
Oct. 23, 2011

International news reports note a disturbing trend among what were once whimsical group events. Early examples of the flash mob phenomenon found people gathering quickly and quietly by means of social network texting. The goal: to surprise onlookers with sudden bursts of choreographed activity.

But flash mobs have morphed into frightening acts of violence. London rioters in August tweeted calls for anarchy. In Maryland, high school students coordinated a rapid robbing frenzy at a local 7-Eleven. British and U.S. police have been scrambling to develop effective law enforcement procedures to counter such antisocial networking. Flash mob crimes in Philadelphia prompted that city to mandate a 9 p.m. curfew for anyone under 18, with a hefty fine for parents of noncompliant juveniles.

Such examples notwithstanding, a wonderful dynamic for potential good exists within coordinated group interaction. You need look no farther than churches in your community. Those congregations that are genuinely committed to the teachings and life example of Jesus Christ are part of a worldwide Body whose Holy Spirit-coordinated actions promote the welfare — both spiritual and physical — of countless lives.

Beneficial “flash mob” activity is in evidence as followers of Christ build hospitals; shelter and feed the homeless; or respond to hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, an earthquake in Haiti, or a tornado in Joplin, Mo. (Be sure to read John W. Kennedy’s article about the Curry brothers in this issue for a more personal example.)

The ultimate “flash mob” event in history is yet to take place. At Jesus Christ’s return for His Church, there will be no tweeting or text messaging announcing His arrival. Rather, “the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17, NIV).

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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