No, I haven’t started stuttering in print.
But I wanted to pass along to you an interesting experience I had regarding yesterday’s post concerning Kurt Warner.
My dear old Dad used to frequently tell me, “Son, if something seems too good to be true, it’s because it is too good to be true.”
Sage advice, that.
In fact, it’s biblical.
These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. (Acts 17:11)
And generally speaking, when navigating in this fallen world we have to be careful.
There are all kinds of con artists who trade on our desire to believe the best about others.
There are also all kinds of sincere people whom we put up on pedestals, only to find out they are as flawed and faulty as we are.
But every now and then, there comes along a story that fits the “too good to be true” category for an unexpected reason – the real account is even better.
This was the case when I dug a little deeper into the internet missive on “Kurtis and Brenda” we related to you yesterday.
An indispensable aid in separating the contenders from the pretenders on inter-net content is available at Snopes.com.
Although the story we related seemed plausible enough, the fact checkers at Snopes gave it only a qualified yes.
Hoo Boy! Here we go.
Another great story melts in the light of day, right?
Snopes points out the real story of Kurt and Brenda Warner is far more inspiring than the inter-net chain letter version.
Along with a number of inaccuracies in the story of their courtship and the timing of Kurt’s conversion to Christ, the letter unfortunately mishandles the account of Brenda’s special needs child Zachary.
Zachary was born as a perfectly healthy infant, not a Downs Syndrome child.
When he was four months old, Zachary’s birth father accidentally dropped him. He suffered severe brain damage and both of his retinas were ruptured.
At the time of the incident few held out hope that Zachary would live, let alone sit up, walk or talk.
Zachary’s recovery has been long and difficult, but he now is able to walk and talk.
Still legally blind, he can now make out colors and shapes. No longer an exclusively special needs child he now attends half days in a regular high school classroom.
Kurt did adopt both of Brenda’s children, and they have since added five more of their own to the family.
As to what kind of dad Kurt has been to Zachary, consider what happened when Kurt lead the Rams to a Superbowl victory in 2ooo.
Zachary, then 10, presented his adoptive father with a hand made card – the inscription – written in child like scrawl –
“You’re as good a quarterback as you are a Dad.”
The moral of the story?
Yes, the inter-net account of the Warner’s life together is too good to be true.
But the real story of the hardships, joys, perseverance and the love of God that sustains this family is even better.
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