Finding the Way Back to Mayberry
Lesson 23 The Pickle Story
Aunt Bee is a wonderful cook, except when it comes to her pickles. For some reason, her homemade pickles are simply awful. Andy and Barney try to like Aunt Bees pickles, but they just cant. But rather than tell Aunt Bee that her pickles are bad, they pretend that they like them to save her feelings. This time, Aunt Bee has made eight quarts of the "Kerosene Cucumbers" and the boys are desperate. They stage an elaborate plan to replace Aunt Bees bad pickles with good ol store-bought pickles. Andy and Barney think they have gotten away with it until Aunt Bee decides to enter the pickles in the county fair pickle contest
Honesty (Col. 3:9,10)
Protective lying to protect others
Is it ever ok?
Deception (Prov 12:20)
Feelings (Phil. 2:3)
Others versus your own
Putting others first
Consequences (Ecc. 7:29)
Do our schemes work?
Results of deception
Ended up with a mess
Barney and Andy give the impression that they liked Aunt Bees pickles. Even though they are trying to protect Aunt Bees feelings, does their attempt to hide the truth benefit anyone involved? Is it ever ok to "bend" the truth if your intentions are good? Why or why not?
In a hilarious scene, Barney fabricates a story about a trip to explain the suitcase that contains the evidence of the pickle swap. Using Barney as an example, what do you notice about our attempts to deceive each other? How hard is it to break the cycle of deception once we begin down that road?
At first Andy isnt concerned about Aunt Bee entering store-bought pickles in the contest. But after talking to Clara, he changes his mind. What did this example teach you about being aware of the feelings of others?
Andy and Barney devised an elaborate plan to deal with Aunt Bees pickles. Did their efforts achieve the result they wanted? Regardless of our intentions, when we resort to deception or trickery, what will the consequences of our actions be?
"Shoo fly hes dead" -Barney