Some Old-Timers Remember Bughouse Debates In Chicago

From 1910 until the 1960’s, Washington Square Park in Chicago was known as Bughouse Square. People of all social classes, religions, and philosophies mounted a soapbox in the park to express their views. Busloads of tourists came and listened to outrageous views on almost any topic. Since 1986, organizers have resumed those debates but with better speakers. Yet the old idea of meaningless chatter calls to mind the Apostle Paul’s instruction to Titus. He had left him at Crete to establish a Christian church on that island. We find in Titus chapter three that Paul urged this leader to take note of people who like to spend valuable time debating insignificant issues rather than engaging in profitable conduct. Some people think there is more virtue in debating trivial issues than doing something worthwhile—like showing kindness at home or in the community. The apostle urged Titus–and us–to be very careful we do not waste valuable time debating trivial issues that only divide people. Rather, God’s people should focus on beneficial activities that build up the Body of Christ and help extend the Kingdom of God in the world.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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