You don’t have to fit in a box to fit in

Several years back a young man was practising to play a singing part in a Christmas play at a large church in our area. It was found out that he was also in a singing contest at a local eating place where they served alcohol and the girls dressed minimally. He was given the option of being in the play or singing at that eating place. I’m not sure which choice he made but I’ve been reading Willie Nelson’s book and the same thing came up in there and I sure did relate.

Nelson was a Sunday school teacher at a Baptist Church in Texas. He also played the honky tonks with his band every chance he got. The preacher of the church found out and they had the following discussion;

“In those lessons you’ve been giving, you’ve talked about the spiritual feeling you get while playing your music at night clubs.”

“That’s right.”

“And you’re still playing at those nightclubs?”

“Every chance I get.”

“Then I don’t see how you can keep teaching Sunday school.”

“Not sure I understand, preacher.”

“Those two worlds are incompatible. You can’t be singing for drunkards on Saturday night and then speaking to God’s people on Sunday morning.”

“Aren’t those drunkards God’s people as well?”

“That’s not the point. The point is that this church cannot harbor hypocrites.”

Willie goes on to say; “The truth is that I didn’t feel hypocritical in the least. I also didn’t feel compelled to defend myself. If anything, I saw the church – supposedly open to all sinners – as hypocritical. At the same time, why argue with the preacher? The best thing was simply to get up and leave.”

“I missed the services and the fellowship, but I took my dismissal from the Metrolina Baptist as an opportunity to delve deeper into the mystery of the Holy Spirit. More than ever, I sought to learn about the Lord.” (Book credit below)

From me… if you have left formal church because of conflicts of beliefs or other disappointments, don’t get bitter, get better. What works for others may not work for you, that’s okay on both ends. Formal church isn’t the only path to the Creator, use your new found freedom to connect in your own way. If you miss the fellowship, like we do, ask about our drum circles and let us know that you would like to fellowship with us. We share a campfire, have drumming and share thoughts about life and daily struggles. We are forming a community of those who want fellowship but don’t fit in elsewhere. Feel free to join us. – Coov

(Credit: Excerpt taken from Willie Nelson’s book “It’s a long story. My life. with David Ritz 2015)

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