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The Pastor and the Punk
by lauren finchum
07/31/07
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Pastor Deighton came out of the church on a bright summer day. The weather was warm and perfect and he was feeling very good.

On the other side of the road, a punk with a blue Mohawk named Jake was walking down the sidewalk with his IPod in his ears. And felt like the world was on his shoulders.

Pastor Deighton looked up at the blue sky and said, ďI thank you that I have the sense to be a Christian and not a sinner. Iím SO glad Iím not like others.Ē Pastor looked from heaven and saw the punk walking down the sidewalk. He saw his blue hair, his lip ring, his black eyeliner, and could hear his rock music coming from his IPod, ďGod,Ē he smiled, ďIím so glad Iím not like that guy right there. Lost and looking like a freak. Iím so glad I have my life on tract.Ē

When Jake got home he pulled the buds out of his ears and put his IPod on the table. He sat down in a chair and felt like he wanted to cry. He didnít know how to pray. But he knew he needed someone besides himself. He didnít look up, just held his head in his hands and said, ďGod, I need Your help. I need money or Iíll get kicked out of my apartment, and I just lost my job. I know Iím not worthy of You, but please have mercy on me!Ē

The next morning Jake went to his mailbox and found and anonymous check for him in it. It was enough for his rent and food."Thank You God!" he shouted.
The same morning Pastor Deighton was leaving the hospital where he was visiting people. He was feeling good about himself and how the sick people looked up to him . . .thatís when he saw the parking ticket on his windshield.

(c) 2007

{Authorís note: this was inspired by the parable in Luke 18:9-14 }

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Jacob Gibson 22 Jul 2009
Oh yeah! That's a great reinterpretation of the parable Jesus told. If we stop and think about it, Jesus probably looked like a punk the way he talked and what he did. He seemed to break all the rules yet did what was God's good and perfect will. Thanks for the critique too! :)
jared broach 16 Aug 2007
Now Days The "so-called pastor" is the punk, and the punk is more of a pastor. This judgemental spirit has left many churches crippled from getting to the next level for The Will of The Lord to be made manifest in their areas. Jesus showed an unending love for the lost. We must model that. After all we were lost when Christ found us. Oh how some of us seem to have forgot. Jesus be your keeper Amen.
Kingdom Citizen 12 Aug 2007
Amen.
Thomas Kittrell 02 Aug 2007
Lauren, there is so much truth and so many lessons to be gleaned from this. Thanks for sharing.
Thomas
Joyce Poet 02 Aug 2007
I love this! Great work!
Darlene Suter 31 Jul 2007
Thank you so much for this story - (very well written by the way). May we always be like that unjustified man that knows it is not our own righteousness that makes us pure but it is all about Jesus. God Bless you and keep writing! :)




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