A master of metaphors
March 2 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

A master of metaphors | Friday, March 2, 2001

Friday, March 2, 2001

A master of metaphors

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor While driving to a recent preaching assignment, I tuned in a local Christian radio station and found myself fascinated by the speaker. The audio quality was pitiful. The tape was filled with static and awkward pauses, as if it had been frequently spliced. The speaker's accent and style was clearly Southern and a bit out of date - reminiscent of Colonel Sanders on some of the old Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials. But the words he used! Colorful phrases poured from his lips like M&M's from the factory. Metaphors peppered his speech like drumbeats, one after the other, image upon image.

He spoke of Christians who have all the potential of God's power but who fail to tap into it. A covey of metaphors flew by too quickly for me to catch them all, but one of them stuck. I can't remember it precisely, but the idea was that many Christians "have locomotive power and pushcart production." That's something to think about.

It wasn't long before I heard him use the phrase "there will be a payday someday," and realized that I was listening to the late R.G. Lee, once the dean of all Southern Baptist preachers, holding forth with his trademark sermon.

I have read that Lee preached "Payday Someday" more than 1,200 times during his career. No wonder he had it down so well.

The sermon was not designed to comfort the afflicted but to afflict the comfortable. Another memorable line also recalled the railroad: "God's payday train is coming to this station and all the powers of hell can't take out the steam or put on the brakes," he said.

If Lee couldn't persuade a person to get off the tracks and climb on the glory train, they just weren't listening.

I was happy, despite the mists of time, for the chance to hear his call to get on board.

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