Monday, March 10, 2014
How do you know if a politician, professor, or pastor is lying?
Their lips are moving.
Another favorite story.
A pastor's little boy is standing next to him during the church's fellowship hour.
He observes how daddy seems to agree with everybody with tilted-head-broad-saccharine-smiled nods of approval and repeated refrain: "You're right!"
Then a prolifer bends daddy's ear; and the pastor repeats the refrain: "You're right!"
Immediately after the prolifer, a prochoicer bends daddy's ear; and the pastor repeats the refrain: "You're right!"
The little boy tugs on his daddy's long, flowing, egotistically striped Genevan gown, and protests, "They can't both be right!"
Daddy pastor to confused son: "You're right!"
Bad memory from Germany.
Dr. Wolfgang Lowe: "Herr Kopp, I know you are here to study in preparation for professorship and becoming a pastor. I know you are not a Marxist like me. So please stop trying to win points with me by agreeing with me about things that you don't agree as if it will improve my opinion of you. How can I trust you if you agree with me when I know you are a Christian?"
Consistent clerical error.
Acting like a good humor man and agreeing with the last person that you've talked to.
It's like ending a sentence with a preposition.
Luther: "Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason, I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other. My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen."
Perfect cautionary council when tempted to clerical error.
Jesus: "Anyone who would save his life to get along with the world will lose it. Anyone who loses his life for Me will find it."
Some people live in the moment.
Saints filter the moment through eternity.
Blessings and Love!