Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Smile (For Crying Out Loud)

Trey Smith


Yesterday, our apartment complex was assaulted -- yes, assaulted! -- by something far worse than locusts or the plague. We were assaulted by people carrying bibles!

I don't think they saw me as I was in my car getting ready to drive to the grocery store. I heard them talking strategy before marching themselves into the courtyard. One woman said to another woman and a fellow, "Remember, we are here to spread the Good News." All three nodded and, I think, said little prayers under their breaths.

What I find hysterically ironic is that not one of them wore a smile on their face. Each one looked as if she/he was off to get a proctological exam. How in the heck did any one of these three believe they could convince anyone of the so-called "Good News" when each one of them looked so dour?

4 comments:

  1. I haven't been around for some time -- hello. They are spiritual materialists. It tends to be painful, I see it in others -- very unnerving and fearful to externalize your spiritual beliefs and make them conditional on external things (or people) to be a certain way. It is like putting yourself in a headlock, or worse. At east, this is what I have seen with thumpers, bumpers, and jumpers of any kind of creed that externalizes spirituality. : - ) CM HOT STOVE

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  2. I was approached in our city's downtown recently by someone offering me the typical religious tract. It was "good news," he said. Holding in my mind the ideas absorbed from my deep reading of many Taoist texts, I decined his offer and replied, "I've got all the good news I need, brother."

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  3. Jesus reminds of a Taoist. :) The message is cool, some can be a little - overly enthusiastic. What's the big deal anyhow..Live and let live. Hey, better Bible thumping Christian than a cult of satin worshipers. Right?

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  4. Really.. Who can smile when their task is to continuously remind everybody that the 'end of times' looms even closer? At the same time, try to convince others to attend meetings where you're just going to hear MOS? The 'door-knockers' (Jehovah Witnesses) probably have the truest understanding of the scriptures, whether anybody believes them to be real or not. Part of their message (as Ivan ^^^ said) is cool.. We'll all be better off in the end by attempting to lead our lives with the ideal of teaching others to make better persons of themselves.

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