Essay on the Empty Pulpit: A Religious Interpretation
The author uses an empty pulpit to reflect on the purpose and work of the Church.
“The empty pulpit stood there almost like a solitary statue in a plain white cubical room and that object and only that stood and left one’s imagination into puzzle. Who could it be who stood up there? The words ramble throughout my thoughts perhaps it was – I dreamed a dream `free at last free at last` or was it `give me your tired, your poor`? but wait, I realized this was not a political podium where a great man or a great pioneer would campaign. It was a pulpit where a preacher told the crowds of people the word of God reciting words from the great book of life – The Bible. Perhaps it was the words from the gospel John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but shall have eternal life.? I would like to think that it was the words of encouragement and love. The words that could be turned into hymns that are sung by the faithful. Or maybe even the lost, yes indeed the lost that have strayed away from The Good Shepherd named Jesus Christ. I wonder if the words that were preached were a calling for the lost to come back to God be it the stubborn/prodigal son to the confused daughter or those in trials and tribulations.”