I’ve lived smack dab (that’s redneck talk for right in the middle of) the Bible Belt nearly all my life, and I had my first witnessing experience last night at the movies.
So, my friend and I are going to see Daredevil, and before we get to stand in line to get tickets, two teenagery looking girls walk up to us and say “how are you doing today? We’re from SuchandSuch Youth Group and we’re here tonight to tell people that Jesus loves them. Did you know that? That Jesus loves you?”
My friend was saved by the bell…er…phone ringer. Her cell phone rang, and before she answered it said “I know Jesus loves me”, and moved on.
I, however, was kind of annoyed by this. I mean, I’m going to a movie, not church, and dammit I’m going to miss the previews!!! So I blurt out “Sorry, but I’m an atheist”. (Which I’m not. I’m sort of agnostic, but not really anything at all. Well, I"m kind of bitter…I used to be a Bible Toting Christian, but a lot of things changed that.)
The girls eyes slightly bugged out of her head. “You are?!”
“Yes,” I replied, and moved quickly in line.
No more witnessing to me.
On retrospect, I should’ve said something cooler, such as “I’m a Wiccan Pagan” or “I worship space aliens as our original creators and they would mess me up if I turned to Jesus”
Just thought I’d share.