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The GunSlinger and The Preacher

Updated on January 3, 2012

A short story

Let's start out by saying this story was in the Old West. You know, a little town with a small church and of course a local tavern where they played poker. Picture it like you would in the movies....

There was an old gun slinger who in his old age had retired to just playing poker and gambling a bit. He'd kill many a man and was well known in the area for his past sins. Well, he was running a good string of good luck with the cards. For some reason, the old gun slinger decided to go to church that Sunday. He sat in the back row, hoping no one would see him there.

Of course everyone in the church turned to stare at him. He'd dressed in his best but it didn't matter. When the offering plate came around, he dropped 20 gold pieces in the plate. You could hear a unified gasp.

When the preacher finished preaching, the gun slinger left before they started singing the final hymn. He had no inclination to deal with these uppity, better than thou people.

After he left several of the deacons and church members approached the minister. "We can't take that money earned in sin!!!" They proclaimed.

They mumbled and argued amongst eachother. Finally, the preacher had had enough. "Maybe this money was being used by Satan earlier, but it's about time God got his hands on it."


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    • Smokes Angel profile image

      Smokes Angel 5 years ago from Broke Alabama

      the moral of the story is that anything can be used by God

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      So many thoughts come to mind.

      Why didn't the gun slinger give it anonymously?

      Why did he dress up, give money, then leave? Was he trying to impress the old biddies?

      Did he want to make restitution with God?

      Was he under conviction, and making peace with his soul?

      Smokes, you tease us.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      By golly. How do they know where the money was earned?

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Morning Smokes Angel.

      a nice amusing story and i especially like the last sentance.

      Take care.

      LOL Ghaelach