The customer decided not to respond and get into an argument. As he
left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy,
dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. The customer walked back into the
barber shop and declared, "You know what? Barbers do not exist." "How
can you say that?" asked the surprised barber. The customer
continued, "Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be
no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man
outside." The barber replied, but barbers DO exist! What happens is
— people do not come to me."
The customer replied. "That's the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens, is, people don't go to Him and do not look for Him. That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world."
J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.