Bro, it seemed, wanted to convince all christianity that God was behind the scenes putting bad stuff on us to break-make us, to break our will and embrace His will. This notion infused his heart and soul and belly button, and friends were especially victimized by his preaching. Which included me.
So one day I told Bro an allegory that went something like this….
There was this fellow, let’s call him Brian, another overworked christian, who finally got a weekend off. He and wife loaded the car with stuff and kids, and headed for the cabin. He loved fishing, loved campfires, loved living primitively. Dusk found the family about an hour short of their destination, and Brian had a happy tingly in his tummy.
Now God, who sees all, really loves Brian, and decided this was just the right moment to bring adversity, to augment the break-make process. Soon Brian was on the roadside with a flat tire.
Bro was fully attentive, anticipating.
Brian emptied the trunk to get at the *!#*!# jack and the equally *!#*!# spare tire. Wife and kids had to get out of the car, feeling conspicuous before the passing traffic.
Because God really, really loved Brian, it started to rain.
When Brian lowered the car he realized the spare was also flat. “Now what do I do?!!”
Because God really, really, really loved Brian, no one stopped to help the distraught family. A couple of guys even honked in pleasure.
Now satan was also watching the scene with grave concern. All this adversity could make Brian go deeper in God. Can’t have that.
So he whispered to a nearby tow-truck driver to help out. The tow-truck guy pumped up the spare. Didn’t charge a cent. Brian was soon at the cabin, feeling really good again.
Bro was trying to figure out the meaning of the story when I let him have it….
satan was that christian’s deliverer!
Bro bristled. “Arrogance!!! Such arrogance!!! I have never seen such arrogance!!!….”