“As The Spirit Moves” by Vic Sizemore is a part of the October issue. Here, Vic discusses religion, West Virginia and where this story came from.
1. What would it take to make you walk a great distance?
I have wrestled a lot of heavy furniture across slippery metal planks onto and off of trucks for beer. Beer. I would walk for beer. Or Scotch.
2. Which religion would you pay to have a religious experience? What do you hope it would be?
Â If I could choose, I would say Jah Rastafari, but I can’t choose of course. Maybe the experience of mystery is the important part, and the path that gets you there, not so much? I would want the experience to be intense and real enough to give me some comfort when doubt inevitably crept back in.
3. What would you pray for?
Â To know what the dead know–if they know anything at all–and still be alive. World peace. I have no idea.
4. Does West Virginia Work?
I grew up among the working class poor in West Virginia, where my dad was a minister, and they work alright–of course subsisting is incredibly hard and stressful work no matter where you are. As for West Virginia itself: the New River has fantastic white water, and people come from all over the world to climb the gorge. If you like outdoor sports, then absolutely, West Virginia works.
5. If you were an evangelist, what would one of your sermons sound like?
Like Reverend Billy from the Church of Stop Shopping. Seriously. Check this guy out on YouTube.
6. Where did “As the Spirit Moves” come from?
I was channel surfing one night and stopped on a televangelist’s crusade. As I watched, the thought came to me: televangelism is to real religion as pornography is to real sex. Some of what the preacher in my story says comes directly from that broadcast.The story grew from there.