Arrogance and Pride hid in the shadows between two buildings and watched Simon walk past, on his way to church. Arrogance grinned and Pride reminded him, “Patience, evil one. Patience.”
After Simon passed, the demons followed him, creeping silently between the shadows on the sidewalk, staying out of Simon’s sight. They could feel the delicious anger raging in Simon’s heart.
“He could be the one,” Pride whispered.
“He is the one.” Arrogance replied.
They listened as Simon muttered, “Homos, trying to corrupt my church. I’ll show them.”
Pride and Arrogance fueled Simon’s fire, as they whispered in his ears.
“The nerve of them, thinking we will tolerate their sin!”
“Thinking we don’t know the words of our Lord and Savior.”
“Men sleeping with men is a vile sin. It says so in the word of God!”
Simon went to his office in the church. Pride and Arrogance, hidden in his shadow, followed him. As he reviewed the notes for the lesson he would teach that day, he muttered to himself again, “I cannot let them corrupt God’s children.”
And Arrogance and Pride fueled his anger once again.
“Call them out by name!”
“Tell everyone they will corrupt the church.”
“Unless we remove them.”
In the service, Simon waited impatiently as he sang praises to God and Jesus above, and prayed for God to grant him the strength to do what he had to.
And when he stood before God’s children on that Sunday morning, Arrogance and Pride stood beside him.
I wrote this for Siobhan Muir‘s #ThursThreads, Week 90. Please go read all the entries in this week’s #ThursThreads. They are good reading.