By Lisa Cherry
Okay, this is an outlandish story.
Our son Lucas recently moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to begin working on a Master’s degree at Oral Roberts University.
At their opening chapel service a couple weeks ago, the school administration planned a special appearance. Since the school's mascot is the golden eagle, They hired a man to bring an eagle to the service.
We happened to be all standing around in the kitchen when a text from Lucas came in.
"Hey, family, look at this!"
We clicked on his little video clip but it was pretty difficult to see. So we texted him back.
"Lucas, what is this? An eagle? …an angel? HA HA!"
So he texted back that he would post a better copy for us on YouTube.
Then we could see what had happened. The eagle, in the midst of shouts from the crowd, began flying around the auditorium, but unfortunately got confused and hit a window. The audience reacted in shock. (If you cannot see the video, click here.)
It was an interesting little 14-second video. Fortunately, the eagle was fine. In fact he was out flying at sporting events again the next day.
But that's when the craziness started to happen. Apparently some local news people picked up his YouTube posts. Since he rarely looked at his YouTube account, it took a couple days to notice that somehow he had about 15,000 views.
He was immediately concerned that the university might not like the publicity so he put in an emergency call to the public relations people. They did not seem concerned and recommended he leave the video alone.
The next week it got even crazier. Yahoo! News picked it up. ABC News interviewed him and reported on it. Good Morning America also played it and then called him for an interview. And local and national news services all over the world began replaying the video. For a while there, he was watching the video play 1000 views per minute!
Our family got a personal revelation of the concept of "going viral."
Although the new stations were quick to clarify the fact that this was a trained bird that had been rescued from injury and unable to live in the wild, the comments on his YouTube channel were horrifying.
You could imagine the animal-rights people would've been upset. I guess you can't blame that since the poor bird hit the window.
But I was totally shocked at the Christian-bashing venom that poured forth from many of the responders. Unbelievable. I am deeply concerned about that.
Nobody seemed to stop and think that the week before the bird was frequently seen at sporting events. Nobody seemed to stop and think that this was an accident. It became an arena for pouring out hate and anger toward Christians.
Folks, what does this mean? What is brewing under the surface in our nation?
Are we quickly becoming the "enemy?" Guess this is what can happen when you put yourself on the front line.