By Kenneth Justice
~ A good friend of mine recently had a dispute with the church he’s been attending for the past few years, with the goal of keeping my nose out of other people’s businesses (because my nose is especially clean today and I don’t feel like getting it dirty). If you feel like starting your day with the bullet points of what started out to be a molehill and yet turned into a mountain; the jist of the dispute goes like this;
- My friend went to the church leadership and complained about the behavior of certain people(s) at the church
- The church leadership told my friend to go suck an egg (okay, maybe they didn’t use those exact words but I’m sure it was something along those lines)
- My friend complained to the church leadership again and repeated his request for the church to address the problem of the people(s) behavior
- The church leadership didn’t like the words my friend used in his second request and promptly accused my friend of being uncharitable and said there now needed to be an official church meeting which would involve my friend (all by his lonesome) and multiple representatives from the church to determine whether or not my friend was “in sin” for his uncharitable words.
- Suddenly, what started as a complaint my friend was registering had now turned into a full blown trial against my friend! A trial I might add in which the leaders of his church were both the prosecution, the jury, and the judge (I guess his church believes in fairness)
- My friend requested there to be a neutral third party who would preside over this meeting in order for there to be fairness all around.
- The church leaders denied his request for a neutral third party arbitrator and in an unexpected twist the church leaders decided to not have the meeting at all and ended up ruling against my friend; GUILTY AS CHARGED!
- No meeting ever took place and it has been communicated to my friend that he is “IN SIN” and not welcome to walk through the doors of the church ever again until he formally apologizes for the words he used in registering his compliant.
- And who says church leaders can’t be fair.
If I were to include the details of this debacle the story suddenly becomes rather juicy but for the time being I’m keeping it all anonymous. I thought I might post it and see if other people have ever had run- ins with authority figures who treated them unjustly.
I once received a speeding ticket in which I was going 25 miles UNDER the speed limit due to icy conditions on the road. When I pled my case to the judge he looked at me smugly and said, “Do the crime: do the time” and rubber stamped my case GUILTY.
Fortunately, guilty in my speeding case only met that I had to pay the $150 ticket, but I was nonetheless amazed at the incredulity of the judge; is there no justice in the world? If you haven’t noticed by now, “Justice” is something I think about a lot; partly because I believe in Justice for the innocent and partly because it’s written on my arm and I can’t get the damn ink cleaned off! But that’s okay, since if I’ve got to look at something on my arm every day, “Justice” is far more preferable to look at then “Sweetie Pie” which is what a friend of mine had tattooed on his butt cheeks when he was drunk and on vacation in Thailand twenty five years ago.
I for my part am very thankful that my butt doesn’t say Sweetie Pie every time I sit on the throne; because that my dear readers would be just a bit odd.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning. Sumatra with no cream and no sugar of course.
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