|OMG I Just Encountered A CHRISTIAN - RUN!!!
||[Apr. 22nd, 2012|09:45 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
So I was at the supermarket getting groceries this morning... And as I was checking out, the lady behind me in line commented on my shoes and said they looked like socks. I told her a bit about my shoes... and how comfortable they were... and she agreed that they looked very comfortable (they are!)
I then noticed that she was in line to buy about six cases of bottled water. I commented to her about it... and she mentioned that she and her team were doing a homeless outreach today and they asked her to bring water. And as such, she did. I smiled and shyly commented that I was just shopping because my wife was sick... and she even gave me a list of everything to get (I pulled out the list and showed it to her). She said that she hopes my wife gets better soon...
...so after I finished checking out, and I was on my way out the door, I heard her greeting the cashier by name and conversing with her. I didn't have to turn around to know that she was smiling - beaming - like she had Pinkie Pie's song (or the piano rendition of it) stuck in her head. She wished the bagger a happy Sunday, and the bagger commented that it was just another Sunday... she then told the bagger that there are many people that are grateful that he is doing his same routine today...
...so I put my groceries in the Short Bus, and I went over to see what they had out on Redbox... but really I was just waiting for the lady to come out of the store. When she did, I said "hi" again to her and told her:
"I just wanted to say that I can tell you serve an awesome God, because you are such an awesome person."
You see, being a Christian is not about bigoted messages of God hates figs or bags or fads. It's not about bombing health clinics and killing doctors because they may or may not perform abortions. It's not about voting for a certain party or against a certain bill. Because none of those politicians, none of those doctors, none of those people whose lifestyles you may or may not share, will be held accountable for your light, and whether or not you let your light shine, as she did so brilliantly. Her light shined so bright that I'm radiating joy right now. And I want to let my light shine brighter as a result.
And you can let your light shine too - you can spread positivity and make someone smile - and you don't even have to be a Christian to do it. Her positive motivation was her service of Christ, but that doesn't have to be your motivation. Anyone can be a positive person whether your motivation is your belief in God (any of the manifestations thereof) or your belief in karma, or your belief in scientific reason - you can still be positive. Heck, your motivation to be positive can simply be your furriness.
God hates figs? Then where do we get Newtons from?
Isaac Newton, despite supposedly being a devout Christian, contributed in fundamental ways to the development of science... one of Christianity's sworn enemies (thought they need not be, but that's a separate arguement). Due to the strong association between figs and newtons and Newton - not to mention that figs, like Newton's inspirational apple, are also susceptible to the temptation of gravity, that slippery slope towards science - figs have become a symbol of God's supposed intolerance.
I can't really explain the bags and fads part, though.
(Sorry, I'm just being a dick. I think the whole point of the post is that God doesn't hate any three-letter words.)
So is this to say that WBC has just been having spelling issues on their signs?
They're not bigots, just passionately against fruits?
Good post. A good message for both sides of the religion spectrum.
that's a wonderful story. :)
Just that song alone makes me grin... And I love days when I run into someone that cheerful and nice, because their happiness just spreads like a brushfire and brightens everyone's day.
It really doesn't matter *what* you believe in, I think, just that you do believe... And try to live your life in a way that matters, that helps others and makes their life better just by being around you.
There are those who use religion as a means to join together in worshipping a higher power they believe in. This makes them feel good and connected, and it brings happiness to their lives.
Then there are those (far fewer, thankfully) who use religion as a means to coerce and control others, and to push forward their agendas. They threaten people with things like "hellfire" if they don't follow them.
The former are awesome. I know a few people like this and completely respect their beliefs.
The latter are abominable, and are responsible for 90% of the strife in this world.
Despite all the smiling faces and nice things they say and do, Christians believe that you will go to hell if you are not of their faith when you die.
My problem with Christianity is that it allows for not only nice people doing nice things, but it also supports terrible bigots and extremists.
Televangelists, racists, bigots, crusades, genocide, slavery, rape and murder can all support what they do out of the same book that others find a good belief system out of.
I would have tolerance of peoples beliefs if they didn't have the capacity to support atrocities.
There is also a horrible tendency for Christians to bring their religion into politics to try and slate their morality onto the general population. Hate to be all piss and vinegar, but I meet much more fire and brimstone than smiling faces.
I'm no great fan of religion myself, but I will be honest and say that anything can be (and has been) corrupted to justify evil. Whether you believe in God, science, your country, your family, or yourself, humans have an infinite capacity to justify what they want to do anyway. Religion does make it easier to be a jerk, but that's more because religion makes it easier to do a lot of things - including being nice.
Religion helps good people be good and helps bad people be bad. Everyone seems to twist it their own way.
And given some of the people who are so certain they will be in heaven, I remember the old saying: Heaven may have a better climate, but Hell has better company.
you're post made me smile :) Thank you