I teed off very late this morning (7:35 a.m.) for nine with my favorite Special Olympics golf champion.
I will be his caddie this coming Monday in the state tournament which he has won before as a qualifier for the Special Olympics World Golf Championship.
We spent most of our time on course management and playing one shot at a time; that and fixing the myriad of divots in fairways and ball marks on greens which ignorant hackers did not repair last night.
Golf is a metaphor for life.
It does not build character; but rather reveals it.
There's a really great book about it which would really sell a lot of copies if someone would buy the rights from my publisher and get it into Sam's, Wal-Mart, et.al.
There are so many divots and ball marks in church and society.
Do you take time to help fix 'em?
Or are you hoping someone else will do it for you?
Stretching the metaphor, that's why that guy in Florida autographed Not One Penny.
He knows it's not the only way and may not be the best way to enable confession, repentance, and regeneration in a franchise which has lost His way.
But it's a lot better than doing nothing for Christ's sake.
The autograph and I have an addendum to Not One Penny.
Here it is.
It's time for the so-called "renewal" paradenominationals of the PCUSA to establish a "Legal Defense Fund for Persecuted Presbyters" who are remaining to be faithful or have separated to be faithful.
I don't think a lot of pulpiteers, pewsitters, and presbyters take Jesus seriously.
If they did, do you really think they'd advocate, enable, and accommodate insults to His holiness?
That's how I know Jesus was moved to the sideline by the mainline.
By the way, I messed up that quote from the professor/pastor in Florida who had a profound discernment about the "war chest" to fund crucifixions of those separating to be faithful and remaining to be faithful.
Here's the corrected and not from my declining memory quote: "Witchcraft is intimidation, manipulation, domination, and control."
Is he saying the PCUSA is being destroyed by...?
Here are some interesting responses from a friend in Illinois who is much more conservative than his reputation: "We evangelicals have chosen to amend vows and leave our own kind behind to battle with fewer tools and less votes...I do not feel sorry for individuals who face consequences for standing up for their beliefs. It's part of the cost...It's those who have deserted in the face of supposed odds who now place the rest of us in the face of ever decreasing numbers."
Get a load of these comments: "The battle cry of the right has been, 'Run, run, run!'...and their cries to flee have presented us with a self-fulfilling prophesy of a smaller evangelical remnant...The right rejoices at the apparent collapse of a great church. Jesus would have cried. The apostles would have prayed and fasted...Odd, the more righteous we get, the more we desert the very bride who led us to the groom and nurtured us with grace."
He doesn't like Not One Penny.
But it doesn't hurt my affirmation and affection for him because he has something to say and is saying it unlike those fainthearts in the franchise who keep piling up pension credits and hoping somebody else has the guts to do what they can't because they're so...
I complained to my Special Olympics buddy this morning about all of the divots and ball marks.
He said, "We'll have to fix them."
He's got so much more common sense than most clergy and churches.
Blessings and Love!