Don Blosser tried to post a “remark” to the “New Moniker” post. Failing, he wrote a response to me by email. (If you are observing changes in my style, the webmaster is migrating my website to a larger and faster server.) Don wrote:
For years when I was a young pastor, I read things written by this bishop from Florida who made a lot of sense, and gave me the courage to also say some things that I felt needed to be said. Thus the “Old Fool” proved he was certainly anything but an old fool, by showing wisdom, insight and courage to say things that need to be said. I will miss that moniker.
I interject here that I will continue to know myself as the Old Fool despite knowing that some of you dislike it and welcome a possible change. However, it was a conference minister from another conference who advised me “not to be a fool” but to retire quietly. Retiring from official duties in the conference, I cleaned out my desk. It is my opinion that any one who follows Jesus becomes a fool in the eyes of the world. I want to be that kind of a fool, always. Don continued:
On the other side, I need to be persuaded that “Genius” is a good label. It is one of those words like “prophet” that needs to be used by others to describe you rather than you using it on yourself. . . Being a self-proclaimed genius seems (to me) to be a false self-evaluation that loses its own integrity.
I need to remind Don and others that I was not the first to identify the Old Fool as an Old Genius. It was a friend of mine who first said I was a genius. I was inclined not to accept it. But then I read Genesis 1 and was reminded that the God of the Bible created all things in only 6 days. Any God who can do in six days what god is said to have done must be a Genius. Then God of the Bible created Adam in His own image. Any one in God’s image must be a genius, also. That includes you, Don; everyone else and me too. So Don must remember that we are all geniuses. That seems to me to be the Bible truth!
A QUOTE FROM THE ODE:
The FOOL stooped to shape some dust
and kneelled to breathe the Breath of Life.
And of the dust made male and female
molded in the image of God
and free to be fools.
(Every one knows it is best to control one’s creation, retaining the right of manipulation, denying the freedom to do wrong.)
But the FOOL
being the FOOL
and always the FOOL
dared to breathe life in fools,
I love the FOOL for the FOOL loves me.