Tuesday, November 23, 2004

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.

1 comment:

don said...

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?"