A Spoonfull of Crow

I have to confess I didn’t do it right, and I regret my mistake.

The other day my wife and I were at Walmart. A rather large older man approached me. In his hand was visible one of those cheap and manipulative gospel tracts so fashionable with fundamentalist Western Christians. I groaned inwardly and braced myself. What I should have done is turned around inside myself and prepared to evaluate his presentation as an instructor. It was awful. He came across as arrogant and intimidating. I should have threatened him when he approached my wife that way.

The experience stuck in my craw until I realized why it bothered me so much. It wasn’t the social faux pas of evangelizing so aggressively in Walmart, but the intimidation. There was no discernible compassion; this man was just trying to notch his holy gospel gun.

In the future: I need to assume the position of leadership more reflexively. This guy was a boor and needed to know that his approach trashed the gospel.

About Ed Hurst

Disabled Veteran, prophet of God's Laws, Bible History teacher, wannabe writer, volunteer computer technician, cyclist, Social Science researcher
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3 Responses to A Spoonfull of Crow

  1. Jay DiNitto says:

    I had an very similar incident happen to me (not involving the wife as much), where I was too charitable, which caused some slight embarrassment. I should have shut things down immediately; that’s what I get for being willing to discuss things with a religion merchant.

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  2. wildcucumber says:

    I inadvertently got a Jehovah’s Witness lady into trouble. She and a partner used to come see me on Thursday mornings one summer. We’d hang out in the garden and chat about God’s generousity. I gave her flowers and herbs from my garden and she brought me plums from hers. She was a lonely, mousy little thing and she stayed longer every time; I could tell she was terribly unhappy & lonely. But we got a little too friendly, I guess, because after a while it was new people who showed up – men – and when I asked about her they glowered and told me, essentially, to forget about her, they were had been ‘put in charge’ of ‘my case’ LOL! I told them I was more comfortable with Susan, and asked, politely, if she could come back. The answer was no. I showed them the door and no JW has ever come around here again.

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  3. Ed Hurst says:

    Christine, I’ve seen that myself in a different setting. Their organization is hierarchical and very strict on tests of orthodoxy.

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