Typically, it's just about impossible to get thrown out of a Baptist Church. As long as you show up.....avoid sleeping during sermons.....and don't openly criticize the minister or Jesus....you are fairly set as a member. This morning, I opened up local Alabama news and noted that the Governor, and his Paramour gal (with her husband) were kinda kicked out of their Tuscaloosa Baptist Church. Yeah, shocker.
At some point last year, after all this affair business came out with the Governor and the Paramour....the church minister got all worried. Oddly, he calls for a meeting in his office with the parties affected. Mrs Bentley didn't really care to attend (wouldn't blame her).
The minister wants everyone to lay out their part of the episode. Now in the real world....most Governors would not have attended, and if they had.....a lawyer would have accompanied them. So it's hard for me to figure out why Bentley showed up and started talking....other than perhaps him having dementia.
So after Bentley finished up his whole story on the affair.....Mr and Mrs Mason talk about their part of their affair. No one says how long this whole description of the affair took....maybe three minutes...maybe three hours.
Some guys from Alabama would have described their Paramour situation in thirty words or less. A few might have used a thousand words, been kinda graphical (hands waving around), and the intensity involved (like a University of Alabama versus Auburn football game). Then you'd have that one single Alabama guy who'd talk for three hours about this original meeting, the Paramour clothing choice, his fantasy world, telephone chats, licky-spity kisses, pancake breakfast meetings at the Waffle House at 4AM, five-inch heels, and lusty stuff best not to be told to Baptist ministers.
Then you come to this moment of talk with Mr and Mrs Mason. Mr Mason would be in a dire Baptist situation if he acknowledged that he knew about the affair before it even started. Usually, that would be an unwise situation to lay out....as if planned from day one.
Then you have to wonder what Mrs Mason said to the minister, and how she described her part in the affair. Typically, most Alabama women would limit their chatter to maybe forty words. Then you might have that one gal who'd get all chatty and spend twenty-five minutes describing the emotion, fervor, energy, and vigor involved. She might have described the Governor as her "George Clooney".
The minister? He might have been a bit disgusted with all this sex-chat stuff and wondered how these three characters attended his weekly sermons and got all hyped up over lusty stuff.
At the end of this meeting.....according to the journalist.....the minister asked the Governor to not attend the church any more.....taking away his deacon status/Sunday school teacher position. Then he turned to the Masons, and just said it'd be best not to attend his church anymore.
The thing I see is that typically, you'd want to sell your religion on forgiveness. You could have asked the Governor and the Masons to kneel down....pray for thirty minutes....ask to have the devil cast out of their lives, and then ask for forgiveness over the three. Oddly, the Minister didn't care to do the standard Baptist gimmick on the three.
My take? Way too much lusty stuff going on. This was probably one of those meetings that didn't really fix anything, and probably made things worse.
At the end of this.....at least a hundred thousand Alabama Baptist members can sleep secure in knowing that their illicit affair didn't get discovered and they didn't get dragged in to admit with the choir director last weekend in some Mobile hotel, or have had a ten-year affair with the Minister's wife.
On the positive side, it does demonstrate that Alabama folks are awful passionate, and hot-blooded....probably more so than those Mississippi folks.