Pastor Kyle Bitter - Easter 2, Sunday, April 28, 2019
Text: Genesis 15:1-6
When I was in middle school, I remember hearing my mom answer the phone. After listening for a few seconds, she politely said, “no thank you, we’re not interested” and hung up. My brother asked, “Mom, who was that?” She said, “Just some telemarketer. He was trying to say I had won a free car. Probably some kind of scam.” “What kind of car?” my brother asked. “Some kind of SUV.” Probably similar to something you’ve experienced yourself, and probably on a number of occasions. So why does it stick in my memory? Well, there is more to the story. What my mom didn’t know was something that had happened about a week earlier on the day when my brothers and I had attended the local fair. While our family was volunteering at our church’s booth, my three brothers and I took a break to make the rounds of vendors and collected the candy and free stuff that businesses hand out…and we entered a drawing to win a brand new car. An SUV, to be precise. And because none of us were 18 yet, we had entered my mom’s name…and she had won! But when the phone call came, a free car seemed too good to be true, and nothing more ever happened.
Now, to be perfectly fair to my mom, it’s entirely possible and perhaps likely that had the phone conversation continued, there would have been some kind of catch, and speaking for myself, I too have hung up on many such phone calls over the years as I’m guessing you have too. But, because there was no number to call back and they never called us again, we can only guess, and it certainly hasn’t stopped us from teasing my mom about how we might have missed out on a free car because she thought it was Too Good to be True.
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