From Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, April 30, 2012
We seminary students went to see
our liberal Prof destroy, annihilate,
the right-wing Prof from the seminary
across town in a Church-sponsored debate.
Our Hero showed the Bible could not be
interpreted literally without
becoming nonsense: John said, “Behold the
Lamb of God!” Baaa! (A raucous laugh rang out.)
The conservative said he trusted God
to help folks understand the types of tales
found in the Bible. He did not find odd
the miracles, healings, parables.
Our man was sarcastic, reasonable;
their guy was meek like one from the Bible…
Steve’s walk down memory lane arrived as I prepare to moderate a public meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 1) that could repeat the history of religious arrogance. Pro and con positions will be offered on the proposed “marriage amendment” to the MN State Constitution that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. Lord, help the moderator…and the speakers…and all who attend to speak boldly and clearly, but also with some meekness. This is not a laughing matter.