Sep 3, 2010

The Living Bible

Now this is the Living Bible

His name is Tom. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans, and no shoes.
This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college.

He is brilliant. Kind of profound and very, very bright.
He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church.
They want to develop a ministry to the students but are not sure how to go about it.

One day Tom decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair.
The service has already started and so Tom starts down the aisle looking for a seat.

The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat.
By now, people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything.

Tom gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit,
and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet.

By now the people are really uptight,
and the tension in the air is thick.

About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church,
a deacon is slowly making his way toward Tom.

Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit.
A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly.
He walks with a can and, as he starts walking toward this boy,
everyone is saying to themselves that you can't blame him for what he's going to do.

How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kind on the floor?

It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy.

The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane.
All eyes are focused on him. You can't even hear anyone breathing. The minister can't even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.

And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor.
With great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Tom and
worships with him so he won't be alone.

Everyone chokes up with emotion.

When the minister gains control, he says:
"What I'm about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget."

Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read!!


  1. Ooooh! That was a good read :-)
    But we seem to have the reverse these days: the majority are dressed like slobs and the minority are in "Sunday best." Try wearing a suit these days and *your* the one that gets teased and treated like a dweeb. It's sad :-( No one would dress in slop if they were about to meet the President... but to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords jeans and t-shirts and sneakers is good enough?

    Yes, I'm aware of the fact that some people can't afford more then that but when you see row upon row of "summer camp rumple" it starts to get old.

  2. You are so right about the way that people are dressing. We have visited Churches in cities and have noticed leather mini (as in barely covering anything) skirts, torn and dirty clothing .... thankfully, at our Church, people dress respectfully (no leather mini skirts, ripped clothes, etc.). There are very few at our Church that wear dresses/skirts .... I'm one of them, and have never been ridiculed for it - mind you, there are only about 500 people in our town so that might have something to do with it, lol. ˚Ü˚