Don't Go Away Mad -- Just Go Away!
edited: Thursday, May 04, 2006
By Duke LaRance
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2006
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Let he who is without sin, fire the first salvo....
For an isolated backwater like our rustic hamlet, we have a very large number of churches. If I’m not mistaken, there are eight, representing a profound diversity of theological beliefs. For as long as I’ve held court in these parts, the various denominations have respected each other and even tolerated the divers and sundry heathens and heretics. Many of them cooperate in various forms of worship and fellowship, such as the recent presentation of “The Living Last Supper”, Cantatas and Vaction Bible School.
I have read the letter from Pastor James E. North, of Totton, Hampshire, England in your May 3, 2006 edition and am not going to bother with reading again. For the life of me, I don’t understand why he was possessed to criticize the local United Methodists for the way that they see fit to worship. I wonder what he would think of the UMC’s stated policy of “Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors.” Does he think that his discourse will cause those poor, misguided souls to repent and flagelate themselves accordingly?
Nope, I don’t understand why Pastor North would castigate and lecture a local congregation without first being invited to preach from its pulpit. Personally, even as a heretic and blasphemer, I believe that this was an uncalled for cheap shot. However, I would like to thank him for opening himself up to be the recipient of a cheap shot from the sorry likes of me.
Frankly, I don’t think that letters in any way knocking the religious beliefs of others have a place in your publication. I would hope that in the future, you would file a tome such as this where it belongs – at the bottom of a hamster cage!