Letters from Antioch Meeting Boaz and Ruth

In downtown Sacramento, on the eighth floor of a high rise, there is a nice office. In the office, there is a room with a large table. Men in dark grey suits sit around this table talking with men in black and white clerical collars.

One of the men in clerical collars is arguing, “There is a need to enact the old blue laws. We are concerned with money for programs to prevent drinking, drugs, and other unnecessary activities. This will return morality to our country. Morality brings harder workers. They will be willing to work for the privilege of working, and that means less pay. This will make our country great again, and you rich.”

Downtown Sacramento, Courtesy Dick James & Associates, Inc.

The men in the nice suites seem friendly, but more so, seem uncommitted.

The man at the head of the table argued, “Getting people to spend money that they do not have is what fuels our economy. This makes them indebted and therefore committed to us, and not their Mighty Savior. If we do not get our customers to spend money, how are we going to survive? If we do not make our workers work on your Lord’s Day, how are we going to compete with people who do?”

As Salvador, Lee Stone and the group, hiked down some country road, they became hungry. Seeing apple trees by the side of the road, they felt free to jump the fence and grasp some of this choice food. They also felt free to grab at the apples on the trees and rub them in their hands before tasting the choice fruit. Does it not say in the Good Book that the farmers should leave the corners of their fields for the poor?

Apple trees of Boaz and Ruth

While they ate, some ministers, still in their clerical collars from Sunday Services come from town. As they got out of their Lexus, they grabbed their bibles, ready for an argument. They sure were upset when they saw the group and what they were doing.

The ministers even yelled, “Pack of thieves!”

Salvador simply retorted, “I see that you have never gone without. Do you not remember in your studies, how Martin Luther fell upon the largess of Frederick the Great and later did some things he regretted? That is why you do not have compassion on these poor people.

We all saw an older couple coming from a large house that was about a quarter mile away.

The greeted the group, “Hello. I’m Boaz, and this is my wife, Ruth. Is there a problem?”

Immediately the ministers began to inform this nice man, “We caught these thieves trespassing on your property.”

Hiking by the side of the road and meeting Boaz and Ruth

The man replied, “Oh that is not how I see it. Many years ago, this foreign lady came doing much the same as these young people, climbing my fences, and picking my grain and my apples. As it turns out, her husband, brother-in-law, and father-in-law had all recently died. She was hoping to find some distant relative of these chaps to take her in. Great lady! We had a son, Jessie. He gave us a grandson. Our grandson is now in the army, a commissioned officer and it looks like he is going to be somebody some day.”

Ruth chimed in, “Don’t be bragging about us.”

Boaz added, “Take and eat all you want from the corners of the field and what the combine missed, but don’t take anything with you.”

The ministers asked, “How much of the field makes up a corner?”

Boaz responded, “We are not lawyers. You know what a corner is. Have a good day.”

Boaz and Ruth strode back up the hill to the house.

Salvador commented, “The rules were made for humankind, not humankind for the rules.”



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