|English: Entrance area at Hattiesburg Zoo, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
At a little after 9:00 am yesterday morning, I was driving east on Highway 98 in Hattiesburg. I was in the far right lane when I noticed flashing police lights on the west bound side up ahead. From a distance, it looked like there had been an accident. Traffic was moving slowly, and the flashing lights were hard to miss. "I hope nobody's hurt," I thought. As I got closer, I could make out what looked like two police motorcycles on either side of a pickup truck.
The pickup was traveling very slowly and had a few people running behind it in the street. It looked like some sort of a race except that there weren't nearly enough people running. I could only see what looked like a handful, and nobody was trailing behind. And that was when I finally saw it. There was a large cross sitting in the back of the pickup.
I grabbed for my phone, hoping to snap a picture. But I was going way too fast, and my turn was right there. I nearly ended up driving off the road. My only consolation is that I was far enough away that the picture wouldn't have looked like much anyway.
So yes, I got to see yet another group of Mississippi Christians drawing attention to their ridiculous superstitions by disrupting traffic and pointlessly making a spectacle of themselves. While it would have been far more impressive if they had been carrying the cross like usual instead of running behind a pickup carrying it, I'll take it.
From what I read in the hashtag search, it really sounds as though many Mississippi Christians think that this Mississippi Glowing for Christ is a great thing and that Jesus would approve of their carting replicas of his means of execution through our state. I wonder how many non-Christians who saw the cross passing by in the back of that pickup will come forward to pretend to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
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