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Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)
TITLE: "God can go to hell!"
By Clyde Blakely
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(Accurate quote and based on a true story)
This is a story of two friends, buddies since childhood. One tried to live a good life that was pleasing to his Savoir, the other, well, the reader can decide.
In high school Tom and Michael’s paths started taking different directions. They both ran track and played football but Michael was clearly the better athlete. The girls all thought Michael was “hot”. Michael enjoyed the girls’ attention. Tom dated only one girl all through high school and they later married his junior year in college.
Michael married right after high school but was divorced by the time Tom married. They were each other’s best man.
Michael moved to the big city while Tom stayed in his home town. Both opened the same type of business. Michael was aggressive and his company grew quickly. Michael still enjoyed the girls and eventually married again. Tom became the proud father of two boys and a girl. His business grew slowly but steadily. Tom provided well for his family and employees.
Tom prayed for Michael and would talk to him about the Lord whenever they met. Michael’s response was always as cool as when they started going to Sunday school together, “Not now, maybe someday.” When a classmate died Tom hoped it would change Michael’s thinking, but it didn’t. Tom continued to pray.
Tom agonized as his life started disintegrating. Michael’s third wife left him over his continued enjoyment of other women. He’d been close to his only son but his mom took him hundreds of miles away after the divorce. Alcohol became Michael’s refuge. Eventually he stopped coming to work regularly. The employees stole from Michael. The IRS eventually came knocking on his door.
Tom felt he needed a face-to-face talk with his friend. He took a chance and went to his home.
“Hi Michael, can I come in?”
Michael almost closed the door without saying a word, hesitated then opened it wide and with a grand swing of his arm invited Tom in.
“How have you been my friend?” Tom inquired.
It appeared Michael wanted to say something; instead he turned and entered the kitchen. He stopped in front of the dining table, turned and gave a rye smiled at his old friend.
“Do you want to sit and talk? I’ve heard things aren’t going well for you,” Tom again sought an opening.
Michael stepped to one side. Tom gasped; a handgun and note were on the table. Their eyes met. Speechless his eyes darted from the gun to Michael and back to the gun. Tom felt empty; his best friend from school was going to kill himself. He knew he had come at the right time, God brought him here. What could he say?
Finally, “God still loves you.” Oh, that sounded trite; what good could that do at a time like this?
Michael exploded, “God can go to hell!”
Michael heard a gentle Voice, I already have.
Michael fell to his knees, face drained of color, for in a moment of time he envisioned the stories given in Sunday school, heard all the Christian songs he’d sung, witnessed all the bad he had caused, he even heard the entire Sunday message when Tom accepted Jesus as his Savior, together with the times Tom witnessed to him. Burned into all this was Jesus hanging on the cross.
His understanding was opened and he realized God really had already gone to hell – for him.
Michael jumped to his feet, grabbed Tom by the shoulders, with tears in his eyes, “Tell me more. Tell me more about God’s love!”
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