God Bless the Bubba Brigade

There’s nothing like pulling into a Waffle House at 4 a.m. to see the parking lot full of jacked up 4×4’s, their drivers inside filling up on coffee, along with scattered, covered, chunked and maybe a side of waffle with that plate of bacon. That’s the Bubba Brigade preparing to go “muddin'” on their way to deer stands or duck blinds deep in the swamplands.

Texas is absolutely full of Bubbas like this, and God bless’em.

Because if you’re one of them National Guard people who have to get up, put on cammo (with sleeves), shave, and keep your hair short, one day you might need to call on the Bubba Brigade to get you out of a tight spot.

And that’s exactly what happened in flood-ravaged Houston. The tweet reads “Redneck Army saves National Guard.” But really, it’s the Bubba Brigade (my wife’s term) in full, glorious display.

But these were not just your average jacked up 4×4’s. They were real monster trucks. Here’s what happened.

The monster trucks were driving through northwest Houston’s Copperfield neighborhood when a resident, Josh James, informed them that the Guard had a truck stuck underwater in an apartment complex parking lot.

From ABC News:

James, a 26-year-old mechanic at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, said he enlisted the help of his friends at the Dallas-based dirt racetrack Rednecks with Paychecks for the five monster trucks being used in the rescue missions, which stand 10 feet off the ground.

The group posted this video on Facebook:

The Rednecks with Paychecks, aka Bubba Brigade, has now headed to areas like Port Arthur and Beaumont, where folks are still struggling with massive flooding.

God love’em, and if you see them at the Waffle House, pay for their meal (or donate to their GoFundMe page).

Stop Trashing Lakewood, Read The Real Story

Lakewood Church, the Houston mega-church led by celebrity pastor Joel Osteen has suffered a lot of criticism–most of it aimed at Osteen–for not doing enough to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and unprecedented flooding.

But much of the criticism is unwarranted–or even spurred by jealousy.

It’s true that Lakewood Church cancelled services for Sunday, just after the category 4 storm lashed the coast and dumped nearly 50 inches of rain on southeast Texas. What church wouldn’t have done that–especially one with 16,000 seats and people driving from miles to get there?

Osteen’s most ardent detractors hit him for this tweet:

 

People who don’t like Christians, or Osteen in particular, jumped right to the conclusion that if the tweet says to pray, it automatically excludes doing anything concrete to help. That’s a ridiculous assumption, especially since Lakewood has been known in the past to provide aid to victims of previous floods. (Houston

The church announced it was inaccessible due to flooding, prompting area activists to try to verify those claims.

 

Lynne Gabriel, a Houston fashion blogger, tweeted these pictures showing that the church’s lower level is indeed flooded.

Another Twitter user, Keaton Milburn, also tweeted images (some of them are the same pictures).

 

Lakewood reached out to Faithwire Monday evening to set the record straight.

Don Iloff, a spokesperson for Lakewood Church, told Faithwire late on Monday night that the house of worship has been in touch with city and county officials in recent days and has been planning outreach efforts.

But considering that the church’s building — inside what was once the Compaq Center sports arena — is prone to flooding, Iloff said that Lakewood chose to instead focus its energies on the ways in which the church could serve as a food and resource distribution center, among other outreach efforts.

Iloff noted that the bottom floor of the building is historically prone to flooding, making any decision to use it problematic.

“The fact is that we knew that we could not put anyone on the bottom floor,” he said, noting that the first floor is where the most space exists for housing flood victims. “We were very concerned about putting anyone on that bottom floor given the history.”

One major detail everyone seems to have ignored:

Iloff: “The [church] doors have never been locked.”

On Monday, the church tweeted:

 

And true to form, people began to bring donations, because that’s what Christians do.

Lakewood’s Facebook page noted Tuesday that the church’s “doors are open to anyone needing shelter,” and that they are needing volunteers and donated items.


It appears that Lakewood’s, and the Osteens’, critics aren’t really upset at the speed the church responded to the disaster. They were more interested in the Osteens wealth.

I’m not a pastor or a psychologist, but could it be jealousy? (That’s a sin.)