The parson found himself in one of those situations he'd rather not be in. A group of pastors from around the area, many of whom were leaders of independent churches, were present at the same community meeting as was the parson.
Following the completion of the agenda, the some in the group began discussing issues facing the community and the country. The parson was sitting in a chair that did not allow an unnoticed exit, so he pushed himself back in the chair and listened intently.
The conversation ranged from the pending law before the United States Congress to prohibit abortions after the 20th week to the issue of “the gay agenda” that was endangering the moral fabric of the country. The parson was impressed with the ability of the various pastors to quote extensive passages from Leviticus, the writings of Paul and the Revelation. The parson found himself fascinated with the flow of the discussion.
But, as he should have know, eventually, one of the brethren turned to him. “You're kinda quiet, Parson,” he said. “I suppose you're going to feed us some of that liberal theology of yours.”
“Not at all,” said the parson.
“So, you don't have any comment, any observation?”
“Oh, no,” said the parson. “I have an observation, if you want to hear it.”
“Yeah, we want to hear it,” the confronter replied.
“I'm fascinated,” said the parson, “at how infrequently the Christians when discussing these issues quote Jesus.”