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The College Kid and the Deacon

The College Kid and the Deacon

The young man’s name is Fred. He has long hair and wears a shirt with holes in it. His jeans are old and his shoes have holes in them. This was Fred’s wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant but kind of esoteric. He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is very conservative church. They are trying to develop a ministry to the students, but are not sure how to go about it. One day Fred decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes on, his jeans and shirt. His hair hangs down below his shoulders. The service has already started and so Fred walks down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is packed and he can't find a seat. Many of the people are looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Fred gets closer to the pulpit and, when he realizes there are not any seats, he just sits down right on the carpet. Although this might happen at a college fellowship, this had never happened in this church before! By now the people are a bit uptight, and the tension in the air is thick. All of a sudden a Deacon from the back of the room begins to slowly make his way towards Fred. This Deacon is in his early seventies and has silver-gray hair, and is wearing a new three-piece suit. A godly man yet very dignified. He walks towards Fred with a cane and, as he starts walking everyone is saying to themselves that you can't blame him for what he's going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor? It takes some time for the Deacon to reach Fred. The church is silent except for the clicking of his cane. Everyone is watching him. The Pastor hasn’t even started the sermon as he waits for the Deacon to do what he has to do. When he reaches Fred he drops his cane to the floor and with great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Fred, to worship with him so he won't be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the Pastor gains control, he says, "What I'm about to preach, you might never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget. Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read."

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