Robert (gurdonark) wrote,
Robert
gurdonark

contradict

Saturday night outside the movie house a man handed out business cards. The man looked like a cross between a Summer stock production Jesus and someone in a surf music revival band. I took one of his cards, though cards from strangers standing in shopping areas rarely bode a lot of good.

His card riffed on the popular Coexist slogan--the one in which each letter is the religious symbol of a different faith. But his take was Contradict. One side of the card spelled out Contradict with symbols of various faiths. The text on the other side of the card seeks to point out that nine of the religious symbols are not true, while the card-author's favorite, Christianity, is true. The card then invokes an "eternity in Hell" as the alternative to adopting the card-author's chosen theology.

I respect this man's free speech right to pass out business cards to passersby. I suspect that some powerful internal forces impel him to stand outside a movie house passing out cards threatening passersby with Hell. My reading of both ancient scripture and of the modern civil rights movements tell me that voices for change often discomfit those around them. The fact that his card fails to move me does not reflect on his right to peacefully push his interpretation of scripture.

But in the age of terrorist bombings,deep divisions within our country and among countries, and deranged folks doing deranged things, a call to "contradict" rather than to co-exist seems to me part of the problem and not part of the solution.
Subscribe

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • walking weekend

    Saturday I walked in Bethany Lakes Park, on the Watters Branch Trail and in Green Park. Today I walked in Glendover Park, in Story Park, and on the…

  • A weekend of work and walks

    Saturday I drove into my office and got some practical tidying up done as well as some work done. I went in the afternoon to the Mustang Creek…

  • Chilly inside

    The first five days of the week featured pleasant weather My office, though, starts off a bit cold each morning. By Noon, things warm a bit. Unlike…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments