by Former Farmer Smith
PASTOR G Adolph Johns decided that a visual demonstration at Wednesday night Bible study, at the old Grace Lutheran Church in Old Mankato, would add emphasis to his Sunday sermons and help to ward his congregation off of The Thorny Path of Sin.
Four nightcrawlers were stuck into four separate jars:
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the night’s Bible lesson, Pastor Johns posted the following results on a chalkboard:
The first worm in alcohol – Dead.
The second worm in cigarette smoke – Dead
Third worm in chocolate syrup – Dead.
Fourth worm in good clean soil – Alive “…and NOT deader than Hell!” whispered my Grandfather to his sister-in-law, my Great-Aunt Leona Magly.
So Pastor Johns hauled off (“unwisely” said some, afterward) and asked the Bible students, “What can we learn from this demonstration?”
Elsibelle Loeffler, sitting right smack dab in the front row, quickly stuck her hand in the air and said, brightly:
“As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms?”
That pretty much ended THAT evening of Bible study.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 22 December 2007]