Sunday, 8 July 2012

Unwise Sermon Illustrations 5 - The Italian Job

"In so many ways, the Church is like a coach load of people, all screaming as the driver - i.e. the pastor - navigates his way at high speed along the winding roads of the Italian Alps. Because the pastor has vision - which is to say, the driver has a nice big window and a good view of what is coming up ahead. Whereas the passengers - i.e. the people in the church who seem to think the pastor is oh so wrong on this one - are clutching onto each other and cowering behind the seats - convinced disaster is coming.

But who's ready to throw the Mini Coopers of their former lives out through the back of the coach - knowing that they're keeping the gold that lasts forever? Who's prepared to step forward - stare over the edge of the road into the abyss with me - and say with me - "Hang on a second, lads" - because you know that we have a truly great idea? Or will you instead curl up into a foetal position and wait for the crash? Mr Lewis - sit down. You know there's no talking to the driver when this vehicle is in motion."

1 comment :

  1. This reminds me of the old joke - I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather did, not screaming in terror like his passengers.

    (Actually, one of my grandfathers did have some of his passengers terrified before he was finally convinced to stop driving, but luckily he didn't kill any of them.)


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