Okay, well maybe that’s not exactly what I said, but after five minutes of being courteous to a complete stranger who has knocked on my front door on a Saturday that is what I was thinking.
I’m not sure how it is for the rest of the country, but if you live in the Southern states bible belt region, you know how annoying religious groups knocking on your door can be. (usually Mormon or Jehovah Witness) On one level I kind of respect the fact that these folks believe in their philosophy so much that they go out and spread the word. I mean – if we all believe in God and Hell – I mean REALLY believe then we should be knocking on every front door in America begging people to save themselves.
Seriously, if we knew a natural disaster resulting in a painful death was coming we would surely frantically scramble to our neighbor’s homes warning them, right? Since we aren’t, even the religious, it makes me wonder how much the REALLY believe in this whole religion thing. On some level I think people use religion as security when they need it and forget about it the rest of the time. Maybe that’s how it should be used…
Anyways, back to my point. Here I am sitting on the couch after doing yard work since 8am and suddenly I get a knock on the door. Random knocks on my door always trouble me because if I’m not expecting anyone it probably means a.) Someone needs help b.) I’m being arrested, or c.) Someone wants to sell me something. None of those things am I interested in! This time it was “c” someone trying to sell me something (religion).
It was a black man and his daughter, both adults and well dressed – both fairly articulate and friendly. I’m not a complete asshole so I didn’t just say “get the F off my lawn”. I was nice enough and had a friendly conversation, that in retrospect lasted about 5 minutes too long. They wanted to talk to me about God, of course. They also wanted to tell me about their religion (which is one of the craziest of all the Christian sects if you ask me – well, hell, their all crazy) After the pleasantries were over I somehow miraculously convinced them to leave without being a complete dick. They of course asked me when I would be available for a full conversation and I made up an excuse about having a sporadic schedule (which is true, btw). I’m sure they will pop up at my door again soon – which brings me to my next point.
After they left my doorstep I decided to go on a run. I started to think about what I would/will do if they come back. I know that I honestly will not be able to be a complete asshole to them. On the other hand I could invite them in and have a little fun. I wonder if they know what they are walking into. I seem like such a nice unassuming fellow. They don’t know that I have an entire home library full of Christian apologetics, secular beliefs, and argument counter-argument religious debates. (by library I mean about 20-25 books) So should I invite them in and spend what is sure to be a couple hours of making them question their faith? I mean it would probably be fun for the first hour until I realize that I’m getting no where and still have to sit through this another hour. For some people not believing is not an option, period. Maybe if I just debate them for a few minutes on the front porch?
Eh, I don’t know and honestly I hope they DO NOT come back. I do not want to have to make the decision and I do not want to be responsible for making someone question their faith. If this grown man, who has apparently studied his religion thoroughly, can’t see the flaw in logic then I highly doubt that I will be the one to show him the light. I’m not against people being religious anyways. Not in the scene that I really care what they believe. The Dali Lama is awesome. Jesus was a rebel. I’m not totally convinced that there can’t be some sort of afterlife or deity out there, I mean, what do I know? I do have a problem when ultra-religion halts progress in progressive thinking or when it causes people to act irrationally violent. Growing up baptist I’ve witnessed entire congregation that reject legitimate thought and progress for a belief system that everyone that doesn’t believe what they do is going to hell. There are more progressive congregations out there, but trust me, the uber-religious are still out there and thriving.
Well, this rant is getting pretty long and if they come back I’ll keep you updated. I promise I won’t be a complete ass, but I might give them some healthy debate. Why not?