Big Blue Sky — August 28, 2014 at 1:39 am

I Handle Snakes


In light of the very sad, but also predictable story about the death of snake-handling preacher Mark Wolford, I don’t really know what to say. Tonio K’s 1986 song “I Handle Snakes” comes to mind as a better answer than I can offer…. the line “It’s my life, it’s my religion” coming about as close as anyone will ever get. There is such a thing as tempting God. There is such a thing as worshipping faith itself instead of faithfully worshipping the One who gave us wisdom to avoid poisonous snakes… of both a physical and spiritual variety. I’d say Mr. Wolford got nipped by the latter before he got killed by the former. Tonio K:

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