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Topic: Write for the HUMOR Genre (10/09/14)
TITLE: Paul's Modern Mission
By Sharon Eastman
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“Yes, it’s like the ancient Tower of Babel. Those creatures could almost kiss the sky and see heaven!” Phineas exclaimed.”
“Our new mission should prove to be very intriguing.” commented Paul.
“Indeed!” Phineas said.
Paul had pleaded with the Lord to conduct an investigative mission on earth, which would enrich his computer knowledge. As a heavenly being, knowledge from earth was limited to him. And, as a writer, Paul’s curiosity could not be contained.
After Paul’s profuse pleading, the Lord allowed him to return to earth in human form and to bring Phineas for protection and companionship. Paul’s usual reserved countenance joyfully enflamed. Again, he experienced the goodness of God.
Paul and Phineas’ destination was New York City, the paramount of creativity and innovation. Because they assumed human form, they donned trendy clothes – jeans and New York Yankee tee shirts for both. Paul wore sunglasses to protect his rheumy eyes, a handicap God allowed from his past life.
While they sat in an office of the renowned Empire State Building, Paul played with his obsession, the computer. His goal was to write letters to certain merging churches across the country.
Phineas sat and gawked at what human creatures had become. He said in astonishment, “Look at all the people! So many in one place!”
“I wonder how the Lord created them all? And, see how they’re dressed? The women are so brazenly clad, and the men resemble penguins in those suits,” Paul said.
“Yes, indeed, give me a comfortable, flowing robe like we had in the good old days,” remarked Phineas.
“Wow! This computer makes letter writing a breeze, so fast and accurate”
“Why don’t you try the e-mails? They’re all the modern rage,” Phineas suggested. “But, watch out for SPAM, unsolicited e-mail messages.”
“I’ll open up hotmail.” Paul clicked the mouse, and an image flashed.
“There’s the e-mails. Try this one, Fun and Comfort. Maybe it’s funny.”
“Have the time of your life at the Elvis Casino,” the monitor screamed.
Paul swiveled his chair towards Phineas and said, “That’s casting lots or gambling as the moderns say.”
“With drinking, smoking, and cheating, all the hedonistic pleasures,” added Phineas.
“Yes, Satan must be delighted.”
“Indeed! Try another one,” Phineas urged.
“Okay, here’s an interesting one, ‘Free Membership for Nature’s People.” Paul clicked the mouse, and the screen glared, “Wicca, a rapidly growing religion for hungry spirits.”
“Yes, it is, and it reports that Wicca is a pagan religion that worships two gods, Triple Goddess and Horned God. They are pantheistic and practice witchcraft.”
“I know. They’ve been around for ages. Their recruiting is deceitful as it promotes nature. In reality they practice magic and believe in reincarnation. Satan must be delighted with this organization, too.”
Paul rubbed his eyes and gathered his letters. “I’ve had enough of this computer craziness. It has great potential for good and the same for evil.
“Yes,” agreed Phineas. I wish Jesus could be promoted on this complex machine.”
“He is – all over on e-mails, Facebook and other web sites.”
“Then why are the moderns so deluded with casinos, Wicca, and all kinds of evil?”
“Because most of humanity is blind to the goodness of Christ. They don’t realize their need for salvation. God’s grace is the only gift that can save. As you know, Satan is earth’s king.
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