Pulpit Fiction

I asked God how she feels about sermonizing. She said there are numerous kinds of sermons and myriad reasons for giving them. Some of them are useful, some of them are dangerous, and most of them are just a waste of time. She likes the ones that teach people how to figure out for themselves what is right and what is wrong. She doesn’t care so much for the ones that just try to scare people into behaving, though she admits that for some people that’s better than nothing. And parables are largely overrated. She says it’s amazing how good some people can be about getting the wrong message out of a parable.

I asked for examples and she told me that she wasn’t going to fall for that trap. The last thing she was going to do was to get specific about why not being specific wasn’t always a good thing.

About that time my head was starting to throb a little, so I gave up.

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