A friend reminded me of those old commercials featuring a close play in an NFL game, with the tag line “You make the call!.” The idea was for the TV viewer to pretend he is the referee and call the play how he sees it, and then compare the actual call the referee made in the game. So, in that spirit, my friend (who wishes to remain anonymous) offers the following:
You Make the Call: Gospel Edition.
This is a game where we examine a close play, and in the comments section of this blog, presumably without the benefit of guidance by the Spirit, we state our case for the call the official should make.
Brother Bacchus was baptized some months ago, having given up drinking alcohol to qualify. He had been a wine critic by profession, but upon his baptism quit his steady job and began a hitherto unsuccessful search for work as a food critic. Unable to find new work, he has resumed his syndicated wine column, but credibly assures his bishop that he only swishes and spits, which has always been his practice for wine tasting, even when he was a drinker. Furthermore, he wrote a widely-publicized column about his conversion to Mormonism and quitting drinking, in which he explained to his readership that he no longer actually drinks wine, but merely tastes it to be able to pass judgment on it and then spits it out.
He now seeks his temple recommend. All else is in order. You’re the bishop: YOU MAKE THE CALL.