"You have to work hard to offend Christians. By nature, Christians are the most forgiving, understanding, and thoughtful group of people I've ever dealt with. They never assume the worst. They appreciate the importance of having different perspectives. They're slow to anger, quick to forgive, and almost never make rash judgments or act in anything less than a spirit of total love . . . No, wait--I'm thinking of Labrador retrievers!" David Learn, 1998

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Finding the humor

     Wondering: Will the elders denounce us tomorrow, as they said they might? Should we be present? Does God want us to be present? Can we wait until tomorrow to decide? And even, What should I wear? 
     I ask Jerry, "What does one wear to one's own execution?"
     I love his imperturbability. "Something with an open neck." Pause. "Suitable for the rope or the guillotine."
     At least we don't have to worry about preparing a defense. They won't allow one. They--the Nine, the Fist--will just gather stony-faced up on the platform like they did with John Anderson, avoiding our eyes, and read off our crimes: Posted things about us we didn't want people to know. Made us look unjust and tyrannical. Interfered with our agenda to seize power and derail the teaching of the church. Won't - shut - up! 
     I doubt if they will do anything tomorrow. For one thing, it will prove our claims. Unjust and tyrannical, check.
     For another, I think they like to keep us hanging.

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