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An allegory with cookies has to be good!

Posted by on Apr 8, 2011 in blog links | 3 comments

An allegory with cookies has to be good!

Arthur, from “The Voice of One Crying Out in Suburbia,” has written a new post called “An Allegory.” Guess what? It’s an allegory.

Arthur is examining the common practice by some leaders of requiring pay before serving (as elder/pastor/whatever), and another common practice of requiring pay for certain leaders but not for others who do the same things.

Plus, the allegory includes cookies. So, you know it has to be good.

Here is a snipped of Arthur’s allegory:

That afternoon after nap time, Fred came over and asked Boris to come sit with him. Fred sat Boris down at the table where Fred liked to draw because it had book cases around it and was kind of private. Fred looked at Boris and said, “Boris, I know you are new to the family but you can’t go around causing trouble about this whole cookie thing. The family is in turmoil. We have always done it this way. One of the brothers helps everyone else and leads our family meetings every week and in return the rest of the kids give him some cookies. We have always done it this way and I am sure that is what dad wants.” Boris knew that sharing was important. Dad had made that very clear when he brought Boris home but the way dad described it all of the kids were supposed to share with each other, not just with Fred. Boris didn’t want to cause trouble and he was kind of intimidated so he just kept his mouth shut until Fred was done speaking.

I think this allegory could have been a little better… if it also included ice cream.

What do you think of Arthur’s allegory?


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  1. 4-8-2011

    I really struggled with a title so I just punted.

  2. 4-8-2011


    Great allegory!

    Poor Fred! He didn’t realize how dire the thinking behind his use of the famous last words of dying churches: “We have always done it this way”.

  3. 4-8-2011


    That title is fine. Succinct.

    Aussie John,

    I like it also. I’ve found it is very freeing and encouraging to give my cookies away… even the cookies that others may give to me.