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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Monday Morning Phone Call

Monday, August 04, 2008

Someone called the church this morning seeking "information" about it, so that he could decide whether or not he would recommend his friend coming here. The information he wanted all had to do with the church's position on homosexuality.

Obviously, he knew what he did and did not want to hear when he called. But when what I told him didn't square with what he wanted, he engaged me in an hour-long debate about Biblical authority, the cultural context of the Bible, marriage, and, I think, pederasty.

He wasn't going to be happy with anything I said. Yet he pursued me for an hour. When I could tell he was too frustrated to continue, I laughed and said, "It doesn't sound like you're going to recommend your friend come here, but I've enjoyed our conversation."

"Yeah," he said, "Thanks."

"God bless you, brother."

Bye.
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 10:28 AM

3 Comments:

Did his "friend" have a "personal struggle" with this "issue?"
commented by Anonymous mws, 9:58 AM  
i worked at a church and sometimes people would call in for "information", knowing the church's position, just to debate the subject. they come ready with the scripture they feels back them and there's really no discussion. their mind has been made up.
commented by Blogger Teresa, 8:55 PM  
Yeah, it's a totally frustrating exercise. Because you don't want to blow them off; you want to give them your time and attention. But the whole time you feel like you're repeating some pointless exercise. Maybe it's not pointless though. Maybe, somewhere in there, one or both of us is hearing something we're not aware of.
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 7:36 AM  

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