“You’re Canadian, aren’t you?”
As rudely as I could because I wanted no part of what he had to offer I said, “Yes.”
“Have you got a working permit?” he continued.
Again as rudely as possible I replied, “No.”
“I can’t hire you without one. What are you doing here?”
I chose my words carefully. I thought he would get up from behind his desk and kick me out. Everything I had read about Christians said he would. I replied, “I’m living in a house. It is time to pay the rent. It is either peddle my ass or get a job.”
I was sure the words “peddle my ass” would get my ass booted out his door.
Instead he said, “THE LORD says I am supposed to help you. The law says I can’t. What do I do?”
I said, “That is YOUR question.”
He said, “Then I guess I have to hire you.”
In that instant I experienced a change of heart for the better. I understood deeper than I had thought possible to understand. I only worked for that man for a few weeks but I learned more from him than in all the years before that put together.
I also realized that who I was to become depended entirely upon which of those two laws, that of God, that of man, I chose to break: the greater or the lesser.
Small people break the great law. They say God is a metaphor, a myth.
Great people keep the great law.
The place was Los Angeles, Hollywood, California. The year was 1970.
As Easter approaches many who claim to serve that great law say that God is a metaphor, a myth, the resurrection of Jesus was at best a metaphor. Cults like the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the physical resurrection.
Luke, the Gentile author of Luke’s Gospel, was not a witness to Jesus when he walked the earth. We are told Luke was a physician. Luke asked the questions we would ask. Luke got the answer we would get.
Luke 24:39New International Version (NIV)
39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
David Mamet, in his book BAMBI VS. GODZILLA, quotes St. Francis: “Preach Christ constantly. Use words if you must.”
Many people who call themselves Christians, a very great many people, both deny St. Francis said that and deny the message in it.
Mamet, a playwright, screen writer, director and producer, got what they do not, what they can not.
How do we preach Christ without words? That calls for FAITH.
Conrad Black sees himself as one who believes in God. I am not here to say he doesn’t.
I am here to say he does not get it. His two editorials in the National Post this week and last display an immense poverty of understanding.
Luke 18:8New International Version (NIV)
8 When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Of course he won’t.
Join me Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday to learn more.–Reg Hartt 2017/04/10.