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Dating a minister: True story

So I went out with this minister last night. Seems like an okay guy, socially liberal, Biblically interpretive, and taller than me. He talks pretty much continuously about how hard it is to be a minister and the hateful things church ladies do. Me, I’m thinking therapy would be a good thing for him.

We enjoy the movie and he suggests dropping by his house for a drink before taking me home. Here’s where my naivete becomes apparent. No sooner do we get inside, than he suddenly tries to grope me. I am very firm about this misbehavior.

He tries to explain himself. Most women are not as accomplished as I am. He knows he couldn’t do this with them, because they would probably fall in love with him or some such thing. But me, I can surely appreciate “playing” with him.

I look him in the eye and ask if he’s suggesting that we be “friends with benefits.”

That is, he says, exactly what he had in mind.

Three minutes later he is driving me home, having been enlightened.

Now, to fully appreciate the oddity of all of this, he is a 62 y/o well-known minister in our area. And in case anyone thinks I might have lead him on…..I’m dressed in cords, a turtleneck, boots, and a heavy coat. I’m certainly not hanging it out for him to grab.

What are men thinking????!!!!



Maybe you could fine a nice motorcycle gang member instead? Or maybe a felon? I once dated a felon who exhibited more grace.

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I like the idea

Having dated, let’s see….a minister, psychologist, public health official, and physician over the past few years, a nice felon sounds quite appealing!

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You got it

Now, I admit, I can be a little naive, but honestly, I wouldn’t have expected this kind of behavior out of a minister for love nor money.

Another good Southern-ism.

Well. Good thing I’m bright enough to explain it to him. It’s the last time he’ll ever think it’s okay to grope a smart one.

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indeed! thanks for a Monday-morning hee-haw!

I would not assume

that he took the hint, overt as it was. There’s no money in betting against human obliviousness. He may realize he can’t pull that stuff with YOU, but surely (he may think) it would be fine with the next woman.

Perhaps you should hit him with this:

‘All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of anyone. Food for the belly and the belly for food, but God will destroy both the one and the other. Now the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. Now God has raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? By no means! Or do you not know that he who cleaves to a harlot, becomes one body with her? “For the two,” it says “shall be one flesh.” But he who cleaves to the Lord is one spirit with him. Flee immorality. Every sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your members are the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought at a great price. Glorify God and bear him in your body.’

1 Corinthians: 6: 12-20

This wouldn’t do the trick with a lot of people, but this is a Protestant Christian minister (Lutheran, if I remember correctly), and he should be expected to care about this sort of thing. A fast hand to the groin and a 270 degree rotation will help him remember.

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Another Monday morning laugh! It’s starting to be a good day! (Although I should explain that he’s a Methodist minister. I wouldn’t date my own minister.)


A Methodist Minister: I understand now. I belong to the United Methodist Church (which is more different from Southern Methodist than one might think…) and can believe most anything I would hear about its pastors. Our current one, a very intelligent woman with two Master’s Degrees and one Doctoral Degree all from Harvard University, is very much to my liking, but the one she replaced (with a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, if I remember correctly) is now under investigation for embezzling from the building fund. On top of that, his sermons never made sense and were not scripturally-based. The one before him (D.Div. from some little-known seminary) is a close family friend, but an egomaniac with no talent for public speaking nonetheless. He THINKS he’s saying something profound, when it is little more than unintelligible giggles and pauses. The two before him I have no memory of, except that one has now forsworn the Methodist Church and the other used to purchase his sermons by mail order. The one before them, in the 1950s-60s, is fondly remembered, despite being a rock-ribbed segregationist who refused to accept blacks into “his” church.

You’d have to tie a Methodist up and beat him with sticks to discern his theology these days. If that didn’t work, it might still be a good idea to tie him up and beat him with sticks…

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