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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)

TITLE: THE FALLEN HALO
By ALAN ROBERTS
01/28/08


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A halo sparkles over the head of a saint in a classical artist's impression of a stawart character of the faith.
Clergy are often teased about their other-worldliness. There is the celestial glimmer of future hope as an illustrator makes sure there is a sparkling circle above the head of the person being ridiculed.
Some ministers of the cloth have their halo's around their necks! The 'dog collar', could be refered to by synics as the symbol of a halo that has slipped.
What causes Halo's to fall?
Apathy in regard to spirtual disciplines. Self-assuredness after many years of performing the same ministerial duties. Weakness in counteracting the temptations aimed at possibilities of re-living the besetting sins of the past. Personal spiritual warfare was apparntly surrendered by not living within the victory Christ achieved at Calvary
The resulting fall is not only fatal damage to the symbolic halo but a shattering of the glistening hopes of personal holiness.
Halo's bite the dust yet again because of momentary lapses in concentration upon maintaining the standard depicted by the expectations of a fallen public upon a striving saint, but most importantly that of missing the mark of God's expectations.
It is not an eternal loss; for laid up for the 'saints' is the crown of righteousness that does not fade.


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Joanne Sher 02/02/08
You have some good imagery here - I would have loved to see you expand on this a bit - add some anecdotes, perhaps, to personalize it more. You make a very good point, and I enjoyed this read.
Teresa Hollums02/05/08
When clergy "fall", I believe, that they have mostly lost their direction from God. They have probably quit seeking God in his word and daily devotion and meditation. They are trying "to do it all themselves" and simply give up. Only God gives courage and grace and perserverence.