Monday, February 21, 2011

Best Pastoral Zinger Ever

It's true, too. Told to me years ago by a Southern Protestant minister who was working in his church during the racial desegregation of the schools, culture, and to his parishioners' horror, churches.

Church lady: I don't see why things can't stay the way they have been--whites go to our church, and blacks have theirs. I mean, it doesn't harm anyone. It's the way it's always been, separate but equal. This is our special space--I just don't want to be that close to them, you know? I just don't understand why you want to invite blacks to our church.

Pastor: Well, ma'am, I just want to keep some folks from going to hell.

Church lady: Oh, well, I don't want them to go to hell!

Pastor: I wasn't talking about them.


(nothing but net)

Robert, I remember you fondly today. Keep preachin' it.

5 comments:

Athanasius contra mundum said...

Pastors, for being men of the cloth, very often seem to have a sharp wit.
I guess the woman in that story hadn't read the part in Galatians that says there is no Greek or Jew, slave or free, woman or man, we are all one in Christ.

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Adoro said...

Ha! I love it!

Naomi said...

Robert Seymour, by any chance? Sounds like him...

BurgoFitzgerald said...

BOO-YAH!

The Ironic Catholic said...

Not a Robert Seymour, Naomi....