Love never fails....And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. -- 1 Corinthians 13:13
I was watching the new Andy Richter sitcom Andy Barker P.I. online. Because I can - there's a real sense of power watching a network show before it airs, and I'm a sucker for private eye stories.
It was a touch of social commentary that really made me chuckle, though.
"Don't park in front of the Christian bookstore unless you want to get towed," warned Andy's strip-mall neighbor. Ah, the observation in that simple joke. Sometimes there's just a disconnect between tenet and practice, between grace and legalism.
Several memories of encounters with irate faithful flooded back to me.
I will post some other time about adventures with a newspaper's wire desk, those often sullen, passive agressive folk who put pages together and write headlines that contradict your copy.
Once upon a time, some wire desk type on the paper at which I worked swaped the quotes associated with the Dr. Billy Graham and Dr. Lawrence Lamb head shots on their columns. It was probably a wrong keystroke.
Instead of clarifying some New Testament nuance, Dr. Graham had a quote about uterine bleeding.
To Dr. Lamb was attributed perhaps a point about Simon of Cyrene.
In addition to their other talents, wire deskites usually wern't around when the complaints came in. They did their best damage at night.
I got the old lady politely pointing out the technical faux paux on the phone.
"You idiots put this quote about you-tree-un bleedin' next to Dr. Graham's quote!" she shouted. "I cain't believe this!"
"I'm sure we'll run a correction," I said.
"This is terrible. I hope Dr. Graham sues you all!"
There was not much more to say to that than: "Thank you for pointing out the mistake. Have a blessed day."