"Wint Going” by Doug Fincher

“Don’t forsake the assembling of yourselves together…” Heb. 10:25

July 4, 2016 - While I was a student pastor of the Bonaldo Baptist Church in Nacogdoches County (Texas), I picked up the Buster brothers on my way to church every Sunday morning. I’d dared go no further than the front gate because of the yard full of yellow cur dogs that wanted to bite me. On the days the children weren’t going to church, one would meet me at the gate and say, “Wint going” (e.g. “we aint going”).

There’s lots of ways of saying “wint going”. “There are too many hypocrites in the church”, “I’ve got chickens to raise, cows to feed, and company coming”. “Income tax is coming up…” “Hunting season has opened”…. “I was made to go to church when I was young”… “I feel like I’m coming down with something”…. “If you only knew what I know about those church members…” “If I came, the house would fall in”..”I worship the Lord in the great out-of-doors…”

It took me a little while to understand the true meaning of all this rhetoric. I learned that these people were no busier than most of the rest of us and that they were just saying with many words what the Buster boys could say in two:

…“Wint going”.