“I tell you this with all confidence,” said Homer Cowlings, a pastor at a local fundamental church, “the prophecies of the Book of Revelation are unfolding now, even as we speak. We are nearing that seven year period of The Great Tribulation that will last three-and-a-half years. . . .”
The parson rose, trying to do so quietly, having made a decision there was no point in hanging around for this discussion. He stepped toward the door, but his exit was not unnoticed.
“Hey, Parson,” called out Homer, “are you not interested in the prophecies of Revelation?”
The parson paused, with his hand on the door, and looked back at Homer and his friends. Then he said, “Actually, Homer, I'm going to be completely truthful with you. No, I'm not interested. I don't understand the Book of Revelation. I have to leave the interpretation of these end day so-called prophecies to people more conversant such as yourself.”
“Well, you should be interested in it, Parson. It spells out the end of time clearly.”
“Homer,” said the parson, “you'll have to forgive me again. I'm also not the least bit interested in the end times.”
Home started to say something. The parson held his hand up and said, “I'll tell you what I am interested in, Homer. I'm interested in the here and now. I'm interested in living in the present as a Christian. To do that, Homer, I've discovered my difficulties have nothing to do with the things in the Bible I don't understand. You see, Homer, Revelation is something I don't understand. So it gives me no difficulty. But, Homer, there are a few things in the Bible I do understand. Things like, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' I understand that, Homer. I understand it completely without any question. And, you see, Homer because I understand it, it's what gives me the most trouble. That trouble comes from the fact that often I just don't want to do it.”
The parson opened the door. As he was stepping out he looked back. “I tell you what, Homer, as soon as I'm able to live out these things I do understand I'll come and let you teach me the secrets of Revelation.”