I wrote this as a fictional story on “Powered by Robots” but one of my readers, ProclaimLiberty suggested that it might be an appropriate reblog here for those “Messianic Gentiles” who may feel spiritually or theologically “abandoned” within this movement.
“I’m sorry Norman, but as long as you continue to sin, you are not welcome in this church.”
Norman Walker had been attending First Church of the Baptism for over a year now. At first Pastor William “Billy” Hubbard was excited that someone in his twenties wanted to attend. Over half the current membership was over fifty and they needed to be able to reach out to the next generation. Most of the younger people who worshiped on Sundays were the children or grandchildren of the aging parishioners. They just weren’t bringing in very many young converts.
“I love her, Billy. We’re going to get married.”
“It’s not only a matter of getting married to Chrissie. You have to repent of your sin with her. In fact, you should probably either move out or have her live elsewhere until after the wedding.”
“I can’t do that…
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2 thoughts on “The Unchosen”
Just have to mention, for kicks, that not having gone through a ceremony doesn’t absolve a man from responsibility for what he’s been doing… as I’m sure both you and PL know. Of course, in your story, the young man isn’t trying to absolve himself. He’s being more conscientious. The preacher guy is pushing a myopic blunder. Had to say it. [I am less interested in Calvinism, so don’t feel compelled to comment on the obvious sadness of the additional story dimension… except not so sad; he can go do better things with their lives.]
[This is a fiction story, so it’s easy to take it simply. In real life, the/a pastor might know more of the story or situation — that isn’t said in the moment (regardless of his being a Calvinist, or were he a Buddhist or anything else). Not only that, there can always be more to a story that no one knows but that is nevertheless relevant.]