Wednesday, 4 April 2012


Have you ever heard that statement?  It’s so true, isn’t it?  If you have a good story to tell about something, and the truth only spoils or dilutes that good story, don’t bring it in.  Keep the truth out, and then you can proceed with your good story. 

Churchmen use this practice frequently.  They have (in their minds) such a good story to tell about their church, and they tell it! – therefore they will not allow the truth to spoil the telling of it or spreading the content of that 'good' story. 

I heard it said by a former member of a certain well-known minister’s church that he is held in such high regard by his members/admirers that he could be seen drunk in their local town, and these adherents would not believe it, however credible the witnesses.  

Or again, listen to the annual reports given by church leaders about the state of religion and spirituality within their church and you’ll hear the best story imaginable.  Everything is good, and positive, and uplifting.  No problems exist anywhere.  All in the garden is rosy.  Things have never been better. 

How can they tell such a good story?  By not allowing the truth to get in its way.  The kind of truth that will spoil a 'good' church story includes admitting that some elders are foul-speaking reprobates, yet come across so spiritual and religious when the situation suits or demands it.  Or listening to church officials constantly blaspheming the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Or church officers who have their 'fancy piece' on the side, while condemning other Christians for much lesser faults.  Or church readers whose privcate life would make people like Peter Stringfellow blush.   Or, the cover-up that is being perpetrated by the churches involving the abuse of members on a grand scale by the church. 

But you cannot admit to those things because that would burst the bubble that is their 'good' story.  The truth will spoil such a story, so ignore it, and it might go away.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Alas, gilding the lily is one of the 7.384 trillion failings of the average human being and it's been going on for a long time. Have you a mind to read a bit of the works of a Scottish verse maker?
Death and Dr. Hornbook by Rabbie Burns.Circa mid 1700's. The first verse stitches it all up.
Also it was said of Blind Harry, the chronicler of William Wallace, (aka Mel Gibson ) Circa early 1300's " he wis no one to spoil a story by the telling"
So, it would appear on this matter , "we are doomed, we're aw' doomed" ( john le Mersurier, Dad's Army, Circa 1980's.)
But don't despair, the sun is going to shine again on my back door and also on yours. And to cheer you up I would gently suggest you read a particular verse, again by Rabbie, of his "Epistle to Davie". The verse begins, It's no in title nor in rank - - -
Keep up the good work.
For auld Lang Syne
Ps. You should write something on the Auld Lichts and the New Lichts but read Rabbie's " Holy Fair" first