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Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)
- TITLE: Dinner and Whine
By Sheri Gordon
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“Zack’s house,” James answered somewhat arrogantly. He was the only one privy to the details of the evening, and his uppity attitude was further enhanced by the knowledge that the boss had not told John about the plans.
“What?! Are you kidding me? That guy’s a cheat and a weasel.” Pete’s animated personality made it nearly impossible for him to mask his true feelings. He also found it difficult to restrain his mouth, which at times got the entire group into trouble.
“Sorry guys. That’s what the boss wants – so that’s what we’re doing.” James’ mother had taught him early on that the best way to get ahead in life was to never question the boss’ authority.
“I’m with Pete. We shouldn’t be seen fraternizing with Zack.” Though John didn’t like to rock the boat, at times like this he did question the boss’ decision-making process.
“Yeah. It’s bad enough that we had to attend that dinner with Levi and his cronies.” Understandably, Philip was beginning to get a little anxious about his reputation since becoming part of this diverse entourage. Recent events confirmed that this wasn’t the adventure he thought it would be.
James pursed his lips and slowly shook his head. He was growing more uncomfortable with the negative talk -- especially since the boss always seemed to know what had been said, even when he wasn’t there.
“Com’on now James, wouldn’t you agree that some of the situations we’ve been put in lately resulted in nothing but negative publicity?”
“Well … hanging out with those deformed guys is kinda creepy. It’s hard to even look at some of them; with all their skin falling off.” James had to admit that it was sometimes embarrassing travelling with social outcasts.
”And those psychopaths. Have you tried having a conversation with one of them? They’re freaky.” Pete didn’t mince words. His companions never had to ask twice for his opinion. In fact, they rarely had to ask even once.
“I don’t have a problem interacting with them; they really do need our help. I’m sure it’s scary for them. It’s not like they want to be that way.” John was beginning to feel a little guilty about all the complaining and derogatory comments. Besides, they were each selected personally by the boss, and now they were questioning his strategic plan.
“And what about that time all those kids were around? I can’t believe how parents today have no control over their children. If I ever have kids, I’ll never let them act like that. We were just trying to maintain crowd control and keep some kind of order, only to be totally humiliated when the boss told us to let the children come to him.”
Philip continued to be bitter over that event, and his buddies didn’t let him forget how ridiculous he looked jumping up-and-down yelling, “I’m in charge here … I’m in charge.”
“Most embarrassing, though, are some of the women who hang around. Especially when the boss lets them get close enough to touch him. I mean, why in the world would it be okay for that bleeding woman to tug on his clothes? Why didn’t the boss let us reprimand her? She shouldn’t have been anywhere near people.” Pete’s diatribe continued.
“But Pete … she was healed.” John decided to take control and bring an end to the gripe session.
“I know … but it’s still disgusting. It’s just not right.”
Pete was used to having the final word, so he was a bit miffed when John continued.
“Okay, look. We’re going to Zack’s house, and we need to be civil – regardless of our personal opinions. Maybe the boss has put us in some uncomfortable positions, but we were all chosen for a special purpose. And we all freely made the decision to follow him. I can say I am extremely honored to be part of his inner circle. And I am not ashamed to call Jesus my friend.”
“If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I’m leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you’ll be an even greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when he arrives in all the splendor of God, his Father, with an army of the holy angels.” Mark 8:38 The Message
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