The Debate Rages On

Lunch hour was starting out slow at the Taco Bell where I just finished my meal. I like eating there. There’s a bigger selection there than at the mini-Bell in the student center. The folks are friendlier.

Today, the staff of five or six became involved in a kitchen debate (between drive-ups) and I couldn’t at first tell what all the additional heat was cooking up.

Then I heard something with the inflection of a question about “Adam and Eve” and “created first.” For a while, I couldn’t make out anything else. It was all good-natured and punctuated by frequent laughter. Then I heard, “Mary? What has Mary got to do with anything?” A little later I could make out “Revelations” three times, and the loud response: “I take back what I said. You’re confused AND you got your own interpretation. When you study Revelations, you got to KNOW what you’re reading about. It’s like a parable.” The rest was lost to me, as the speaker realized she was too loud for a Taco Bell with one dine-in customer sitting as close as he could to the counter.

I have no idea what it was all about. It obviously went from one end of scripture to the other in a very short span.

I do have some idea why overhearing part of it made me feel warmed and filled in a way usually foreign to fast-food tex-mex dining: just because the conversation was happening at all.

It could have been about so many other things.

One thought on “The Debate Rages On

  1. Keith, this makes me think of two things: first, since coming back to Harding in ’98 to work here, I have been struck with how much bolder this generation seems to be in speaking about matters of faith (outside faith-centered venues) than I remember our generation being. It is a positive thing.

    Second, I do remember my mom engaging people all the time in this type conversation when I was a little kid, one person in particular coming to mind–the butcher at the meat market we used to stop at. One Christmas season, Mr. Mace was trying to get a dig in at her, and based on an incorrect assumption he had since our congregation didn’t have a special Christmas service, said “your church don’t believe in Santa Claus, does it?” She said “Why, no, does yours?”

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