I’ve heard of comedians being heckled, but never a preacher. It was this past Sunday that I knew immediately during the evening sermon I’d said the wrong word. I made the statement, “If you don’t drink enough water you’ll get hypothermia.” As a preacher and a paramedic I immediately knew it was wrong. I meant to use the word “dehydrated,” but for some reason it came out “hypothermia.” Instead of correcting it (which I should have done immediately) I decided to just continue preaching, because I was in the process of making a point, and I knew if I stopped everyone would lose the point I was trying to make. Besides I didn’t think anyone would really catch what I said anyway.
To make a long story short, let me just say, I never expected to be heckled from the pulpit after the closing prayer. Following the “amen” the good brother who lead the prayer said, “I didn’t mention it in my prayer, but you know something else I’m thankful for? I’m thankful that when I don’t drink enough water, I don’t get hypothermia.” Everybody laughed. There I was, heckled for the first time ever, by a “good” brother in Christ. What makes it even worse is that brother in Christ is also my oldest son.
So, should I ground him for 2 years or 4?