Don’t you love eating in diners? For me, it ranks right up there with watching Barbara Walters receive a lap dance. My roommate took me out to one in our neighborhood tonight. Along with our food, though, we unwillingly consumed an hour’s worth of Pastor Arnold Murray’s Family Bible Study. Of all the things to blare on a flatscreen television in a New York City diner…The Shepherd’s Chapel from Gravette, Arkansas? I kind of felt like God was trying to send me a message, especially after I posted my blasphemous Ash Wednesday poem…a casual “shape up or ship out (to the depths of hell)” kind of thing.
But honestly I’ve become more of a Buddhist lately, so I think I’ll be all right. I haven’t begun meditating or practicing yoga or pilgriming anywhere, yet, but it’s on the to-do list (right after #11: Be Serenaded, Preferably to the Stylings of This, This, or if nothing else, This).
At one point Pastor Arnold Murray started going off on, not surprisingly, liberals (though he prefers the term “nutcases”). I enjoyed the way the word rolled off his Arkansas tongue. He said the problem with liberals (among other things) is they spend too much time listening to college professors…which I tend to think is the antithesis of a problem.
There was a speaker directly above our booth, so it really felt like he was right there with us. In case you’ve never seen Pastor Arnold (despite his Bible study being televised on 225 stations in the US and Canada):
“Life without discipline is not much fun,” indeed.