Tuesday, March 07, 2006
What do you think??
I was leafing through the local free-papers on Friday, when this very curious advertisement caught my attention. I was quite shocked and amused at first; I wonder what exactly the message is? Is it that if you ignore Jesus you'll get your head kicked in? Is it a bit more "other-worldly" ominous where ignoring Jesus will cause you to have an accident?
What about those of us who haven't really heard Jesus lately, or weren't around when he came knocking on the front door. If I was walking down a busy street, preoccupied in thought and accidentally ignored him will I too be cursed to a black eye and broken arm?
The more I thought about this, the angrier I got. What message goes out to other religions? Are they ignoring Jesus by practicing their own beliefs? Will they be subjected to violence for their actions? The message is very suggestive. I can't decide if it's on the annoyance scale of a spam chain letter "Send this to five people immediately or something terrible will happen to you in the next 24 hours" or does this run deeper, and far more sinister? As I type this, my fingers are twitching to phone the Fellowship and ask whoever's in charge what their thinking is behind it.
I tend not to be a religious sort. I like the freedom to create my own rituals, and path to closeness with God. And I keep my beliefs to myself, and judge no one else on theirs - unless they're clubbing kittens or something nasty like that. Does anyone else think this is equally objectionable - the overt threat of physical violence for ignoring Jesus?
Sadly, every time I try and phone them up it's busy. I wonder if they've taken the phone off the hook?