Curtis barged into Salvador’s discussion about redwoods and shouted, “Salvador, we saw some clown out there, and he was actually preaching and healing in your name. Boy we really got on his case.”
He did this fully expecting an atta boy. That is not what he received.
What Salvador instead told him was, “Have you also not seen the Wizard of Oz? The Wizard was an ancestor of Curtis and me, William Jennings Bryan. Remember Scare Crow? All he wanted was a brain. The Wizard did not give him a brain. What the Wizard gave Scare Crow was a piece of paper and a talk about how the world puts too much importance on paper. It is not to be this way with you.”
Salvador informed us, “He preaches the message of healing and transformation, and he heals in my name? Great! The time is coming when we will learn what Martin Luther King was saying, “We are all God’s children, therefore we long for the day that we will not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the strength of our character.”
Salvador added, “Therefore what denomination we call ourselves, is just not that important. We need to be Catholic, yes. We need to acknowledge the primacy of Peter. Yes. If others acknowledge the greater primacy of Pop, that is greater. If you stop the man, he might turn against us. If you encourage the man, you might make him a follower. If others perceive him as one of our followers, he will have a harder time turning against us later. Go back and apologize for what you did.”
When the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to that city near the city of Oz, Folsom City, which is Sacramento California. He sent messengers ahead of him. On the way, they entered a town populated mainly by Omaha Indians to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him. They said it was because his destination was Sacramento and they were afraid of what politicking they might do there.
When the students Abe Prentice, and Curtis saw this they asked, Professor, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Salvador turned got in their case about it.
Salvador commented, “This world has suffered just about enough violence, don’t you think? Fire and brimstone has not worked in the past to correct people. Why should it work now? We need to keep on focus. Worrying about what the other guy is doing is taking us off our focus. The people of the world will judge us based upon where we have been. Do you want them to look back and see fire and brimstone? Would you not rather have them see joy and peace?
Pop calls us to bring life to this world. That is not life of bare subsistence and suffering. It is life in its fullest. It is looking for common ground with those who hate us, but without compromising our principles of loving Pop first, our neighbor second and Pop’s world third. They journeyed to another village. As they were proceeding in their travels, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Salvador answered him, “Even the foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Ben Adam has nowhere to rest his head. You need to look at what you are getting into before you say such things. This is not the road to the middle class life style. This is the road to Sacramento California and the very possibility of death by hanging. To another he said, “Follow me.” The other person replied, “Professor, let me go first and bury my pop.”
He answered, “The train leaves now. Let the dead spiritually dead bury their physically dead. You are to go and proclaim the rule of the Mighty Savior. Let those who are dead to Pop but alive in this world worry about the details of burying the dead and the other trivialities of life. Pop calls you to greater tasks. Another said, “I will follow you, Professor, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
Salvador told him, “No one who sits in his combine and looks back is fit for the rule of The Mighty Savior. The train is moving. The process of creating the new rule of the Mighty Savior has started. If you do not get on now, you will never be able to get on. The train is on its way to Sacramento where things are really going to start happening. The world cannot stop and wait while you give the old world its last goodbyes. Join hands now and let’s start walking.