It’s funny, you know, how life’s revelations come to us at the damnedest of times. I mean…
I was just now preparing to leave the house to run some errands when I witnessed two ladies, each carrying a bible clutched to their (I’m certain) pure breasts, approach my front door, pause, and then turn away without knocking or ringing the doorbell.
About four years ago, tired of door to door salespeople and Mormons and other assorted proselytizers disturbing my dinner, work, or peace of mind on a fairly regular basis, I posted a “No Solicitors” sign on my front door which reads in part:
” …If your purpose is religious, to tell us about God’s love or convince us we need Jesus to be our personal savior, please don’t knock. Instead, bow your head and pray as sincerely and intently as possible for this door to disappear. When it does, feel free to come on in…we will definitely want to hear what you have to say!”
Now here’s where the revelation thing comes in…
I have seen at least a dozen different religious types…usually with bible in tow…walk up to my front door, full of the holy spirit and determined to win a convert for their particular god or version thereof, only to stop, read my little sign, then turn and quietly depart.
Up until this particular day though, it had never occurred to me to ask what should have been the most obvious of questions all along: Why?
If these marauding ecclesiastical imperialists truly believed they were in the service of an omnipotent god, especially one who heard and answered prayers, why would they just walk away? Why would they not bow their heads and pray fervently for our door — the sole barrier to winning new souls for their Master- to disappear?
It really didn’t take too much thought to come to the realization the only answer possible is that not a single one of them had nearly as much faith in their god and his powers as they would have others believe. When the best opportunity they’d ever had to prove everything they claim about their god presented itself they faltered, unwilling to put their faith to a real test.
Bingo! Real doubt pervades many more of the faithful than I had imagined. Among those professing total surrender to their lord, conviction is apparently shakable by even the most basic, direct challenge. Are the ties that bind really that loose? It would seem so.
You know, in the right You know, in the right hands, revelation can be a wonderfully entertaining and uplifting experience.