ONE OF OUR OWN’S ROAD TO DAMASCUS…….zuki seeks the high ground

19-the-road-to-damascus_brian-doc-reedGood Morning Flavescent Ones,

“The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it’s just sort of a tired feeling.” Paula Poundstone..

To be sure sin does come with a price tag. There’s the obvious peccant behavior of most of us that require currency such as; prostitution, drugs, gambling, or just being a drunk. Then there are the more subtle iniquities. They take on more of a personal touch like tossing a friend under the bus, cheating, lying, or the ever popular sins of omission.

These sins are truly insidious in that we conveniently leave out significant sections of a story or explanation to save face or justify a position. This brand of canard is easy because we’ve told ourselves we were truthful when in fact deception took place. I suspect our dear friend is guilty of this in regard to his absence.

Look, I’m not going to lecture anyone as I live in the proverbial glass house. Rather I thought it important to direct your attention to how subtle and inconspicuous these ‘little’ misdeeds are. They have a cumulative effect on how we’re perceived by others as well as our own ability to be truthful. “Some new shit has come to light” concerning our good friend and as always the truth is never easy to come by.

All week long I’ve tried to deliver an honest and fair accounting of our besotted friend’s struggle with the demon alcohol and its subsequent affect to his mind and sorrowfully, his body. I beseeched you, yea even unto the very depths of my soul to show compassion and understanding for this decrepit, bedraggled, sleazy, and threadbare asshole.

Many of you responded; I was forever grateful for your heartfelt words. Some of you (and you know who you are) thought that because I’m a family man, I’m nothing more than a self-righteous condescending do-gooder, with little if any genuine concern for our mutual friend.

I can’t control those things. Our fellow “Rules Committee” member has had a real live “road to Damascus” experience and no longer wishes to dwell with us. I suppose that’s understandable and I can live with that. But unlike several others that exited before him I sort of expected him to step up and tell us. At the very least use this forum to make a formal announcement!

After the Broncos whipped up on Cincinnati I stayed at Blondie’s last night sitting quietly reading Leviticus contemplating the plight of Moses, and was particularly struck by Chapter Nine; versus 3-4:

-And unto the children of Israel thou shalt speak, saying, Take ye a kid of the goats for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a brunt offering;

-Also a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meat offering mingled with oil; for today the LORD will appear unto you.

I thought about this bright intelligent man who many of us worshiped and praised, albeit for very diverse reasons. He gave heed to our words though never openly, less we see the chink in his armor. A story about our dilapidated old friend came out while absorbed in my reading sipping my favorite adult beverage.

This cantankerous old fart took the kid of the goats for a sin offering, and laid it at the feet of a stranger! I think we’ve seen the last of this choleric, irascible, petulant old man. We are no longer numbered among his friends. After an emergency meeting of the curmudgeons I’m sad to say he’s been officially excommunicated from the church of our own.

Go ahead, shake the dust from his dried farts from your shoes, shed this evil pretense and let the good shine through……CAN I HAVE AN AMEN?!!

Reverend zuki